Domestic work and self-rated health among women and men aged 25-64 years: Results from a population-based survey in Sweden
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 42, no 1, 52-59 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aims: This study investigated the association between domestic work and self-rated health among women and men in the general population.
Methods: The study is based on women (N = 12,910) and men (N = 9784) aged 25-64 years, who responded to a survey questionnaire in 2008 (response rate 56%). Logistic regression models were used to assess the association adjusting for age, educational level, employment status, family status and longstanding illness. Population attributable risks (PAR) were calculated to assess the contribution of domestic work to the prevalence of suboptimal self-rated health.
Results: More women (29%) than men (12%) spent more than 20 hours per week in domestic work. Women also experienced domestic work more often as burdensome. Disability pensioners and single mothers reported highest levels of burdensome domestic work. There was a strong independent association between burdensome domestic work and suboptimal self-rated health both in women and men. The PAR for burdensome domestic work was 21% in women and 12% in men and comparable to other major risk factors.
Conclusions: The results suggest that domestic work should not be omitted when considering factors that affect self-rated health in the general population.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 42, no 1, 52-59 p.
domestic work, gender, population surveys, self-rated health, Sweden
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56652DOI: 10.1177/1403494813503056ISI: 000331113700008PubMedID: 24006189ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84893141843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-56652DiVA: diva2:1083456