• Sweden edition
 
Housework helps men's mental health: study

Housework helps men's mental health: study

Published: 20 Sep 2012 16:34 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Sep 2012 16:34 GMT+02:00

In reaching their conclusions, researchers at Umeå Universtity looked into four factors of domestic responsibility and how it affects couples in a relationship.

“Overall in Sweden, women still do most of the domestic work. However, the study found that it’s much better for men if they take half the work in the domestic responsibilities,” Lisa Harryson, a researcher at Umeå university, told The Local.

The men who didn’t take their half of responsibility on the domestic front were more likely to suffer from psychological distresses such as restlessness, problems with concentration, nervousness and anxiety – even palpitations.

Furthermore, Harryson explains that the problems stretch both ways. Women often feel the pinch after working too much around the home, and can even face higher chances of health risks when working too much.

The test group included over 1,000 people from Umeå, all of whom were the same age and had been closely studied and surveyed since they were together in school in 1981 at the age of 16.

Harryson explained that the optimum balance in a relationship is to have each partner take 50 percent of the work, although this can be tough for both sexes given traditional gender roles in Sweden.

“A lot of people I interviewed told me that they found it hard to bring up the subject of their workload and the respective gender roles involved. A lot of men were sick and tired of fixing the car, for example, but feel stuck in the male expectation.”

The cure? To discuss the workload and the gender expectations with your partner, according to Harryson.

“People should talk about the situation and try doing things they are not used to doing. Sometimes it’s better for couple to switch roles when it comes to some responsibilities,” she told The Local.

Oliver Gee

Follow Oliver on Twitter here

Related links:

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

17:15 September 20, 2012 by occassional
Swap roles ?

I don't think the wife would find the idea of lying on the sofa and farting very dignified. No deal.
18:57 September 20, 2012 by Svensksmith
Did my wife sponsor this study?
19:02 September 20, 2012 by smm04983
The same thing is happening in the United States. I found a French article basically outlining how the high rate of mental illness in women here is indirectly affecting how men are able to work and perform: http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2012/09/20/quand-internet-torpille-la-politique-d-obama_1763169_3232.html. We are all still waiting on answers as to how and why this is happening...
21:11 September 20, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Growing up in the 70's in our household we all pitched in and we all did everything. My brother and I took turns taking the garbage out and mowing the lawn and washing the laundry and cleaning the house. There was no time for men do this only and women do that only. If it needed to be done it was it didn't matter. I have no problem with this and I also know that men are men and women are women we are all good at some things and not so good at others. Everyone should know how to clean and maintain a home and basic car maintenance and caring for a yard and cooking and mending clothing. That stuff shouldn't matter about specific gender roles.
03:58 September 21, 2012 by rybo1
Well said, Dizzy.
10:15 September 21, 2012 by Abe L
I wish this kind of indoctrination would be forbidden.
10:24 October 1, 2012 by Ale Komvux
If you are living together I think you should share the chores at home. It is not

right that one should do everything. It feels like it is the women. One way to change that is to do a schedule. Who does what during the week. By that you will be involved in all the chores. Get the children involved to and give them some chores. Then you don't have to do so much and the children learn to take responsibility. Everybody gets satisfied and happy.
Today's headlines
Sport
Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020
The Swedish team in action. Photo: TT

Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020

Sweden's capital has missed out on a chance to host any Euro 2020 games, with Copenhagen the only Scandinavian city among the thirteen winning locations. READ  

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests
Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala, is the first woman to head the Swedish church. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests

A Swedish priest has been fired after telling his congregation that people who support female priests would be rejected by God - despite the fact that his own church is led by a woman. READ  

Analysis
Women set to dominate top post-election jobs
Margot Wallström (right) could become Stefan Löfven's new Minister of Foreign Affairs. Photo: TT

Women set to dominate top post-election jobs

Sweden could soon get a female Foreign Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt's ousted Moderate Party is preparing for its first woman leader and the grandmother of actor Hugh Grant's son is being tipped as Parliament's next Speaker. READ  

National
Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions
A Gripen plane was scrambled to see off the Russian planes. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions

UPDATED: Sweden has summoned the Russian Ambassador for a dressing down after two Russian planes violated Swedish airspace last week. READ  

Elections 2014
'Good prospects' for Alliance co-operation

'Good prospects' for Alliance co-operation

UPDATED: Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven says he is positive that his party can co-operate with the former governing Alliance on some issues. READ  

Lifestyle
Introducing...Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking comes to live at the Astrid Lindgren theme park. Photo: TT

Introducing...Astrid Lindgren

The creator of Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren, is the most translated author from Sweden, and has filled children's imaginations since the 1940s. The Local finds out why her work has become a timeless classic. READ  

Scotland Decides
Sweden welcomes Scotland's 'No' vote
No supporters celebrate victory in Glasgow. Photo: Matt Dunham/AP/TT.

Sweden welcomes Scotland's 'No' vote

Sweden’s outgoing foreign minister Carl Bildt has welcomed Scottish voters’ decision to reject independence from the UK in Thursday’s referendum. The pound rose against the krona following the result. READ  

National
'Sexsomnia' addict cleared of rape

'Sexsomnia' addict cleared of rape

A Swedish man who had sex with a woman while he was asleep has been acquitted of rape because he suffers from "sexsomnia". READ  

National
Russian jets spotted in Swedish airspace
Russian Su-24 medium-range bomber, known by Nato as 'Fencer,' flies at undisclosed location in Russia in 2002. File photo: AP

Russian jets spotted in Swedish airspace

UPDATED: Two Russian fighter jets violated Swedish airspace on Wednesday, prompting the government to request an urgent report from the Armed Forces. READ  

Business
Sweden’s growth 'better than expected'
Strong household consumption is helping Sweden's growth. Photo: Mona-Lisa Djerf/SvD/TT

Sweden’s growth 'better than expected'

Sweden’s gross domestic product grew 2.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period a year earlier, with the economy performing much better than previously thought. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
What's on in Sweden
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Gallery
Property of the week - Eskilstuna
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Blog updates

19 September

Editor’s blog (The Local Sweden) »

"Happy Friday readers! It sure has been a exciting week in Sweden, where we’re set to get a new Prime Minister after Fredrik Reinfeldt stepped down following Sunday’s elections. The Local blogged live from the key political gatherings across Stockholm. Why not re-visit the action by taking a look at our photos, tweets, videos and analysis? Since the..." READ »

 

17 September

Deep election analysis (Blogweiser) »

"You think you’re bad? Well I’m American. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFbomLID0vU Deep deep analysis on Swedish election results. Vlog post: https://t.co/tjQgfa5Yie #svpol #val2014 #politics pic.twitter.com/oEK5ADFT8L — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) September 17, 2014 " READ »

 
 
 
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

877
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN