Survey: household stresses and burdens one in three women and only one in ten men

Survey: household stresses and burdens one in three women and only one in ten men

More than one in three women who live with a man and do not have domestic help almost always or often feel overburdened and stressed by household tasks. This was the result of a representative survey of couples conducted by the opinion research institute forsa on behalf of the minijob-zentrale. While 37 percent of women said they did, only 10 percent of men said they did.

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But only 6 percent of respondents had a dispute about the distribution of household tasks. The vast majority of respondents said they rarely (33 percent) or hardly ever (61 percent) argued about the distribution of tasks, according to the study, which was made available to dpa in advance on tuesday. Three quarters of the respondents thought that the distribution of tasks in the budget was equitable between the partners.

The minijob-zentrale is the central collection and reporting office for all marginal employment in germany and belongs to the german pension insurance knappschaft-bahn-see. In the survey, women were significantly more likely than men to say that they do most or all of their household chores themselves. While 57 percent of women were sober, the figure for men was just six percent.

"Washing and ironing, cooking, cleaning and vacuuming are household tasks that are mostly done by women", the authors of the study state. Shopping (55 percent), loading and unloading the bobbin winding machine (57 percent) and taking out gauze (47 percent), on the other hand, are the household tasks that are predominantly done by both people together.

25 percent of those surveyed felt that the distribution of tasks in the household was unfair. The study asked these participants in more detail about the reasons. Because no one else is bothered, 62 percent said the reason was that one person does more than another. 60 percent of respondents said that one person does more than the other because otherwise the tasks are not done properly. The forsa study does not provide any information about the distribution of these responses among women and men.