Das Wohlbefinden der Väter und die Wochenarbeitszeit der Mutter

A.P. Spruijt, V.P.J. Duindam

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This investigation studies the relation between
the well-being of fathers and the
number of hours that their wives work outside
the home. Two groups of fathers were
involved in the investigation: the modern,
caring fathers, and the more traditional fathers,
who are often in full-time employment
outside the home. It would appear to
be true for both groups that the amount of
hours their wives work, correlates negatively
with the well-being of fathers both
physically and mentally. Two hypotheses
were compared: does the well-being of fathers
correlate mainly with the actual absence
of the wife, measured by the absolute
number of hours that she works? Or does it
correlate more with ‘symbolic’ factors,
measured by her relative share in the family
income or the relative number of hours that
she works (her working hours compared
with his). Confirmation was found for both
hypotheses, but the unfulfilled husband hypothesis
had the most support. Financial
factors play a rather less important role. Finally,
it must be observed that the number
of hours that men themselves work still has
a positive correlation with their well-being.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)103-119
Number of pages17
JournalZeitschrift für Familienforschung
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Father’s well-being
  • mother’s work
  • physical and mental well-being
  • caring fathers
  • Wohlbefinden des Vaters
  • Berufstätigkeit der Mutter
  • körperliches und psychisches Wohlbefinden
  • TeilzeitHausmänner

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