Who wants marriage and children more: men or women?

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The current study examined how desire for marriage and children related to anticipated chore involvement for both men and women. An online survey was completed by 466 college students recruited from multiple colleges and universities in Virginia. Participants provided information about their own desire for marriage and children, expectations for future division of household labor, and their perceptions of the typical woman’s and man’s desires for marriage and children. Men and women did not differ in their self-reported desires for marriage and children. However, the typical man was perceived as having a lower desire for both marriage and children and the typical woman as having a higher desire for both. Desire for marriage and children was predicted by anticipated chore involvement above and beyond liberal attitudes for women but not for men. These findings are discussed in terms of how social norms and stereotypes affect power in relationships through the principle of least interest.

Source: “WELL . . . SHE WANTS IT MORE: PERCEPTIONS OF SOCIAL NORMS ABOUT DESIRES FOR MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN AND ANTICIPATED CHORE PARTICIPATION” from Psychology of Women Quarterly, Volume 34 Issue 2, Pages 253 – 260

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