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It's about time and gender: spousal employment and health.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
AJS; American journal of sociology
Publication Date
Volume
107
Issue
1
Pages
61–100
Identifiers
PMID: 12430547
Source
Medline

Abstract

This article considers the effect of husbands' and wives' hours of work on each others' health. Theoretical analysis focuses on gendering of health-related behavior, the needed to promote a spouse's salubrious behavior, and the effects of work hours on the availability of time for nonwork activities. Empirical analyses are based on 1986 and 1989 longitudinal U.S. data. Fewer than 40 hours of work per week by wives has no effect on husbands' health, but more than 40 hours has substantial negative effect. Long work hours by husbands are not detrimental to wives' health. Wives' work hours shows no effect on their own health, but husbands' work hours show strong positive effect on their own health. Methodological issues are considered.

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