I agree that from the research carried out and methods that have been used it confirms that women do most of the domestic chores in the home, even if they work as many hours (sometimes more) than their male companions. I think this is something that is stereotypical and no matter how much time passes with women going to work, house work will always be seen as women’s work. As I have mentioned I do not believe the structured questionnaire used was the best method used and that some of the questions were misleading, leaving the answers open to interpretation.
More open questions would have made for much clearer findings and through interview conditions the researcher would have been able to clarify any problems. I would have omitted this option to hopefully have a clearer response from the respondents. However the researcher did take note of this problem in their evaluation. The researcher only conducted their research on a very small scale. An opportunity sample was used and all from the researchers friends and parents of friends.
To get a more generalised result from a wider population the researcher could have either visited other homes or conducted an unstructured interview with those people chosen. Meaning this research could not be confirmed as being general to the wider population. As mentioned earlier the researcher had very limited time to complete this research. As this researcher S. Bond concludes, this research and findings are reliable. However the validity of this research is questionable as the questionnaire can cause some weaknesses.
The questions may not be answered truthfully especially as the questionnaire is anonymous some respondents may just use guess work when answering without realising the effects this could have on the results. They may not entirely understand a question or interpret it differently to the researchers meaning therefore they may give an incorrect answer. Quantitative data is probably not the best form for validity, qualitative data is argued to be better data for validity. I believe the results here to be completely unrealistic. How much D. I. Y. needs doing in the average home per week?
Plus for a full time working mother doing everything else in the home is virtually impossible. I believe that in this day and age the woman would have either had a nervous breakdown or thrown her partner out for being lazy! Conclusion This research is very interesting and highlights that the roles in the home are changing slowly but the traditional roles of domesticity are still evident. It is interesting to see the views of the couples interviewed but I would have liked to hear more about their situations and also how they feel with the way things are right now.
Before reading the research I had my opinion of what the study would conclude and it confirmed my opinions. If it was feasible, further research from a much wider range of couples from different social backgrounds, same sex couples and class differences would have made for much more competent results. This research has achieved what it set out to do and that is to see if Husbands contribute more to domestic tasks when their wives are working. It concludes that the research is still valid today as like I have said the domestic roles in the home still manage to fall upon the females, after all a woman’s work is never done!
Taylor, P. Richardson, J. Yeo, A. Marsh, I. Trobe, K. Pilkington, A. (2004) Sociology in Focus. Causeway Press, Bath.
Class handouts. 2007,2008
S. Bond, “Do Husbands contribute more to domestic tasks when their wives are working?”