Family Complexity and the Division of Household Labor
Ariane Ophir1
1University of Wisconsin–Madison

Although the scholarship on family complexity is burgeoning, we know very little about the division of labor in complex families. Past research has focused on remarriages using data from the early 1990s, yet family complexity has changed significantly. Using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics survey, I focus on the gender dynamics in complex families by examining the gendered division of labor across different complex family configurations from 1985 to 2017. Preliminary descriptive results suggest that parental status (biological or non-biological) shapes housework in a gendered manner that has changed over time. Investigating the underlying mechanisms of these changes will contribute to our understanding of how gendered expectations are embedded in familial roles and how these roles have changed over time.