Division of labor of older person's household in rural Malaysia

W. A. Wan-Ibrahim, Zainab Ismail

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Population aging has become a challenge not only for developed countries but developing ones as well. Malaysia is being no exception. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the division of labor of older person's household in rural Malaysia. The design used in this study was a combination of the sociological method of face-to-face interviews the anthropological method of participant-observation. Results of the study show that there is a tendency that works outside the home is considered as the responsibility of the husband. Number of respondents who felt this task is a shared responsibility is not significant. Almost all respondents felt that work in the home is the responsibility of the wife. Respondents felt holding spending money as a wife responsibility. In the context of a purchasing decision, the majority of respondents felt that both husband and wife all together should be responsible for any decision to purchase any items. Making important family decisions task is also considered by many respondents as a task to be undertaken both by husband and wife.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-914
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume30
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Malaysia
Household
Division of labor
Responsibility
Shared responsibility
Purchase
Purchasing
Participant observation
Population aging
Family decision making
Developed countries

Keywords

  • Demographic changes
  • Elderly
  • Older population
  • Population aging

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Division of labor of older person's household in rural Malaysia. / Wan-Ibrahim, W. A.; Ismail, Zainab.

In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 30, No. 7, 2014, p. 911-914.

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