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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Jane McCullough


The purpose of this study was to investigate how Utah husbands and wives thought household tasks should viii be allocated and how they actually were allocated in their own homes. The sample was 191 two-parent, two-child families residing in Iron, Washington, and Salt Lake Counties. Urban/rural residence, wife's employment status, educational level of both the husband and wife, family income, religious activity, and the husband's occupation were studied in relation to household task allocation. Eight hypotheses were tested. Husband's religious activity and wife's employment status were found to be related to a traditional pattern of household task allocation. There was a significant difference between wives' religious activity and allocation of household tasks. Wives who were active church members were more traditional in both attitude and behavior than wives who were not active church members