Correlational findings

Study Barnett & Baruch (1987): study US 1980

Parents with children 4-10, USA, 1980
N =
Non Response
60 %
Interview: face-to-face
Also mailed questionnaire, weekchart. Parents jointly used a chart to indicate 5 typical week days and for 2 typical weekend days the hours during which the target child and each parent were home and awake; they then indicated the nature of the child- parent interaction that typically occured during each of those hours.Each parent was interviewed in a separate room by a same sex interviewer


Authors's Label
Child-care tasks performed by mother
Our Classification
full-time housewives: M=3,60 SD=,50 N=80; working mothers: M = 3,47 SD=,53 N=80;
The mean proportion of the time the mother alone performs 11 child-care tasks:taking to birthday party, taking to doctor/dentist,going to teacher conference, supervising morning routine, cleaning up room, spending special time at bedtime, taking to or from lessons, buying clothes, taking on outing (museum, park), supervising personal hygiene, staying home or making arrangements when child is sick.
Score: 1 = 0-20% 5, 2 = 20-40%, 3 = 40-60%, 5 = 80-100%

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-u-sq-v-7-a r = +.02 ns Full-time housewives O-SLW-u-sq-v-7-a r = +.06 ns Working mothers O-SLW-u-sq-v-7-a r = -.01 ns Fathers with working wives O-SLW-u-sq-v-7-a r = .00 ns Fathers with full-time housewife