Creating Egalitarian Families among the Adult Children of Turkish- and Polish-Origin Immigrants in Sweden

Brown University, and University of Maryland, College Park.
International Migration Review (Impact Factor: 1.15). 03/2011; 45(1):68-88. DOI: 10.2307/23016189
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This article analyzes the factors shaping egalitarian family relationships among those with two Swedish-born parents and those with at least one parent born in Poland or Turkey. We ask: (1) What factors affect sharing domestic tasks and do they also shape the division of child care responsibilities? (2) Do these effects differ, depending on the extent of exposure to Swedish life? We analyze data from a longitudinal survey conducted between 1999 and 2003. Holding egalitarian work–family attitudes affects actual sharing of housework, but much more for those growing up in more socially integrated than in less integrated families.

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