Keywords

family therapy, domestic labor, husband involvement, dual-income couples

Abstract

As a result of the dramatic increase in women's participation in the work force, more relationship therapists are seeing couples who are dissatisfied with how domestic labor is divided in their homes. Although, this issue may seem therapeutically straightforward, there are many aspects which make its renegotiation surprisingly problematic and complex. This article is an effort to delineate some of these issues such as engaging men in therapy, exploring emotional issues connected with housework, and the mechanism of gatekeeping. Also included is a therapeutic framework for addressing client concerns about domestic responsibilities.

Original Publication Citation

Rasmussen, K., Hawkins, A. J., & Schwab, K. (1996). Increasing fathers' involvement in domestic labor: Issues for therapists. Contemporary Journal of Family Therapy, 18, 209-222.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1996-6

Publisher

Contemporary Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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