Publication


Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik, Eva Bernhardt
Gendered expectations: expected consequences of union formation across Europe
Journal of Family Studies , 2019
URL, JabRef BibTex, Abstract
Using comparable survey data from eight European countries this study investigated expected consequences of forming a co-residential relationship among non-partnered individuals aged 22–35 (N = 8443). Results showed that respondents expected improvements in their financial situation when moving in with a partner, though in all countries women held more positive expectations toward their post union formation economic situation than men. This result likely reflects the lingering traditional gender structure of the society, with men faced with the responsibility of being the main breadwinner in the family. Such an interpretation would seem to be supported by the fact that this gender gap was smallest in Sweden, France and Belgium, the countries in the current sample with the most egalitarian gender structure. Potential restrictions in personal freedom by forming a co-residential relationship, on the other hand, seem to be less important, particularly among women.

Reference


@article{Wiik2019a,
  author = {Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik, Eva Bernhardt},
  title = {Gendered expectations: expected consequences of union formation across Europe},
  year = {2019},
  journal = {Journal of Family Studies },
  volume = {25},
  number = {2},
  pages = {214-231},
  url = {https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13229400.2016.1237883},
  timestamp = {23.04.2019},
  abstract = {Using comparable survey data from eight European countries this study investigated expected consequences of forming a co-residential relationship among non-partnered individuals aged 22–35 (N = 8443). Results showed that respondents expected improvements in their financial situation when moving in with a partner, though in all countries women held more positive expectations toward their post union formation economic situation than men. This result likely reflects the lingering traditional gender structure of the society, with men faced with the responsibility of being the main breadwinner in the family. Such an interpretation would seem to be supported by the fact that this gender gap was smallest in Sweden, France and Belgium, the countries in the current sample with the most egalitarian gender structure. Potential restrictions in personal freedom by forming a co-residential relationship, on the other hand, seem to be less important, particularly among women.}
}
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