Domestic Labor, Attitudes, and Women’s Marital Satisfaction: A Longitudinal Study in Korea

Adam Ka-Lok Cheung*, Erin Hye-Won Kim

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    This study examines how gender and family attitudes moderate the relationship between domestic labor and marital satisfaction in Korea, where the heavy and unequal burden of domestic labor on women intersects with traditional familism and gender ideology. We analyze panel data from the Korean Longitudinal Survey of Women and Families (n = 11,488). Our individual fixed-effect regressions reveal that women’s time spent on domestic labor is negatively associated with the marital satisfaction of younger wives (in their 20s and 30s) when they do not hold traditional family attitudes. However, younger women’s satisfaction is positively associated with their husbands’ share of domestic labor regardless of the women’s gender-role attitudes. For older women (in their 40s or older), we find no evidence for either interaction effect. With the continued erosion of traditional familism in Korea, the burden of domestic labor may become more problematic for younger women’s marriages.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3931-3955
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Family Issues
    Issue number16
    Early online date21 Sept 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

    User-Defined Keywords

    • East Asia
    • familism
    • gender ideology
    • household labor
    • life course
    • marital satisfaction


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