Human Development 12/13

Psychology

Quiz 18 :
Role Reversal

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Quiz 18 :
Role Reversal

Today in United States the males are doing a lot more household work, may be not as much as woman but more than their fathers or grandfather ever did. In 1980, the wives reported that 29% of husbands did absolutely no household work. However, after 20 years the figure of husband not doing house hold work dropped from 29% to 16%. The current statistics shows that a third of American wives report that their husband does at half or more of either the household work or take care of children. 31% of moms earned as more than their husbands in 2008 in comparison to 11% in 1967. More women are increasingly becoming the primary breadwinner. A lot of men gave up the traditional role. They see themselves less as an employee and more as husbands and fathers. The same traditional role is given up by women too. With this changing trend it can be predicted that in 2015, around 42% of female will be primary breadwinners and 22.4% of women will be co- breadwinners. According to census around 30% of male will be home maker in 2015.

Recession is marked by economic down turn and loss of jobs of many. The loss of jobs of husband is a situation of severe stress. With the loos of job comes acute anxiety. The major factor that make a job loss even more traumatic is not financial but psychological between all these changes. The factors that make a job loss even more traumatic are: 1. Males and females try to adjust not only to new daily routine but also to shattered egos and growing anger. 2. The reformulation of parental and household duties leads to turbulence in family. The women step out of the house as bread winner and males has to stay at home and do household work and child care. 3. Sudden cost cutting and cutting on non-essential spending is again a strain. 4. The shattered ego due to job loss leaves men unable to find contentment in their new role. The male misses the value he got through his work, the pats on the back for a well-done job and experiences a lower self-confidence. 5. Families has to move in smaller houses which also affect psychologically. 6. Drop in family income can have negative effect on child development as parents become depressed and quarrelsome. Kids struggle with behavioural issue, anxiety, and depression that further worsen the situation. Therefore, though the job loss is stressful but if we stay positive and supportive to each other, the above factors can be worked on.

Recession is marked by the economic down turn and loss of jobs for many. The loss of jobs of husband is a situation of severe stress. With the loss of job comes a lot of anxiety and role reversal. Today in United States the males are doing a lot more household work, may be not as much as woman but more than their fathers or grandfather ever did. The current statistics shows that a third of American wives report that their husband does at half or more of either the household work or take care of children. 31% of moms earned as more than their husbands in 2008 in comparison to 11% in 1967. More women are increasingly becoming the primary breadwinner. A lot of men gave up the traditional role. They see themselves less as an employee and more as husbands and fathers. The same traditional role is given up by women too. The factors that make a role reversal bit trying is psychological. Males and females find it difficult in adjusting not only to new daily routine but also to broken egos and growing anger. The role reversal of parental and household duties leads to upheaval in family. The women step out of the house as bread winner and males has to stay at home and do household work and child care. The shattered ego due to job loss leaves men unable to find contentment in their new role. The male misses the value he got through his work, the pats on the back for a well-done job and experiences a lower self-confidence. However, the role reversal can be made smooth for men and women if: 1. Men see themselves less as an employee and more as husbands and fathers. 2. Moms should also learn to appreciate the household work done by husband. 3. Parents should value each other's role. 4. Instead of fighting and complaining, make each other partner in finding solution. Try to figure out things together. 5. Women should give up the control. Try to appreciate each other's work, even if it not up to expectation. Appreciate husband's work. Though the role reversal might not be forever, but the growing empathy among the couple bring them closer. They will soon understand that before judging each other, they must step in their shoes.

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