How guilt about housework is making women sick: work life balance

A new analysis of data from the International Social Survey Programme examines the link between working hours, household chores and physical health.

Women in 24 countries were asked to rate the amount of housework they did each day in terms of their perceived “fair share” and they also ranked their physical health levels, over a two-year period.

The study, published in the Sex Roles journal, shows that that women working long job hours are more likely to report decreased physical health and that this relationship is moderated by the hours and fairness perceptions of household labor.

The report concludes that how women feel about the distribution of housework really matters.

In the realm of domestic labour women reign supreme…and yet it is women who are becoming ill from the guilt when they perceive they are not doing enough?


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