Quality and Quantity

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 291–304 | Cite as

Family Formation and the Divisions of Labour in Belgian Couple Households

  • Thérése Jacobs
  • Sven De Maeyer
  • Miriam Beck


In this chapter the authors describe how a quantitative analysis resulted in a proposal for a qualitative research. The aim of the quantitative research was to analyse the impact of family formation on the division of labour in couple households, based on data from the Panel Study on Belgian Households.

In a first step a typology was made based upon data of 1224 Belgian couple households (1995). The second step consisted of a longitudinal analysis for the period between 1992 and 1995. The analysis of the impact of birth on the division of labour gave evidence of the revocability of equal patterns of division of labour.

Based on these findings the authors concluded that the classic concept of emancipation does not allow us to understand the empirical phenomena. Hence, the authors proposed a new (qualitative) investigation aimed at clarification and empirical validation of different contents of the concept of emancipation.

longitudinal study or panel analysis division of labour in household gender analysis emancipation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thérése Jacobs
    • 1
  • Sven De Maeyer
    • 1
  • Miriam Beck
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Antwerp, Panel Study on Belgian Housholds, Universiteitsplein 1WilrijkBelgium

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