The Effects of Spouse's Housework Intervention on Women's Depression

배우자의 가사 노동 개입이 여성 우울증에 미치는 영향

  • Kim, Eun-Jung (Dental Hygienics, Wonkwang Health Science University) ;
  • Yang, Hee-Jung (Public Health Administration, Yeoju Institute of Technology)
  • 김은정 (원광보건대학교 치위생과) ;
  • 양희정 (여주대학교 보건의료행정학과)
  • Received : 2018.07.11
  • Accepted : 2018.10.05
  • Published : 2018.10.31


This study investigated the effects of spousal intervention in housework on female depression. To achieve this, an empirical 10-day field survey of 119 mothers of children after school age was conducted in Suwon, Incheon, Yeoju and Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do through structured questionnaires. The findings were as follows. Spousal intervention in housework had a significant effect on female depression, but there were different prevalence rates of female depression according to the status of spousal childcare on weekdays and weekends. In other words, there was a difference in the effects of spousal intervention in housework on female depression according to weekday childcare and weekend childcare. These findings indicate that reducing housework burdens by spousal intervention in housework helps to lower and prevent female depression. Consequently, because there is a difference in the effects of spousal intervention in housework on female depression according to the level of simple weekday or weekend childcare and the degree of intervention, spousal intervention and sharing all family management duties, including housework and childcare, can maximize the effect.


Female Partner;Intervention in Housework;Female Depression;prevalence rates;mental stress


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