Threshold Levels for Disorder, Inequity in Household Labor, and Frustration with the Partner among Emerging Adult Couples: A Dyadic Examination. By: Charbonneau, Andréanne; Lachance-Grzela, Mylène; Bouchard, Geneviève. Journal of Family Issues. Jan2021, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p176-200. 25p.

Young adults increasingly express a desire to create egalitarian romantic partnerships, yet numerous studies have shown that women generally continue to assume the lion’s share of housework. Building on previous work on threshold levels of tolerance for dirt and disorder, on housework allocation, and on perceived fairness, the current longitudinal study documented the pathway by which threshold levels for housework lead to feelings of frustration with the partner over a period of six months. Data from 176 cohabiting emerging adult couples were analyzed using path analysis. Results confirmed the proposed model of feelings of frustration with the partner. More precisely, romantic partners’ threshold levels were associated with their and their partners’ feelings of frustration through the division of housework and perceptions of fairness. Gender differences, empirical and practical implications, and future research directions are further discussed.