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Table 3 Average share of spouse’s housework by satisfaction with the spouse and by wife’s employment status

From: Sharing housework between husbands and wives: how to improve marital satisfaction for working wives in Japan

Wife’s satisfaction with husband Wife not working Wife working part-time Wife working full-time
Husband’s weekday share of housework Husband’s weekend share of housework N Husband’s weekday share of housework Husband’s weekend share of housework N Husband’s weekday share of housework Husband’s weekend share of housework N
1 = completely unhappy 2.59 4.84 32 4.29 8.66 70 6.99 8.72 69
2 3.58 8.95 57 5.82 8.51 104 9.66 15.43 74
3 4.29 10.62 161 5.46 12.26 235 12.79 18.53 169
4 4.68 15.51 384 6.76 15.69 522 14.79 19.82 313
5 6.24 18.80 387 7.99 16.22 413 19.54 24.37 294
6 = completely happy 7.69 23.93 202 10.28 21.49 201 22.14 30.81 216
Husband’s satisfaction with wife Wife not working Wife working part-time Wife working full-time
Wife’s weekday share of housework Wife’s weekend share of housework N Wife’s weekday share of housework Wife’s weekend share of housework N Wife’s weekday share of housework Wife’s weekend share of housework N
1 = completely unhappy 68.00 49.06 16 76.58 69.21 19 55.29 55.43 28
2 85.66 77.94 50 84.67 68.33 48 66.67 62.78 45
3 83.05 72.30 138 82.95 73.10 95 64.47 61.92 104
4 87.12 74.55 362 85.36 73.85 266 67.77 63.11 293
5 86.64 73.75 608 85.00 72.35 344 68.73 61.96 351
6 = completely happy 86.08 72.04 360 85.15 74.20 206 69.50 64.66 208
  1. Note: Satisfaction with spouse is rated on a 6-point scale: 1 = “completely unhappy” and 6 = “completely happy