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[“I can’t do it alone.” Household workload and division of labour among Hungarian female physicians]

GYŐRFFY Zsuzsa

FEBRUARY 22, 2013

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2013;23(02)

[BACKGROUND - Mental and somatic morbidity and role conflict among female physicians has become an issue of growing interest in the Hungarian and international literature. Among the potential backgrounds factor, the household labour is a less studied field. METHODS - A qualitative, pilot study (N=36) was conducted among female physicians in Hungary. The structured interview was focused on amount and division of household labour, the attitudes of household labour division and the harmonization of professional workload and household work. RESULTS - About of 66% of interviewed female physicians do the household work alone. About 33% is supported by partner in the household labour, and in one case the male partner does the household work alone. The responders are not satisfied with the division of household labour, and they want the amount of professional workload and household work both to be reduced. CONCLUSIONS - Our study is a pilot for further quantitative research. Our findings suggest that the Hungarian female physicians have traditional household labour division. The lack of the division is important to understand the problem of role conflict and the morbidity.]

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