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Household Decision-Making

Decisions in households concern different aspects of family life, work life, household chores, and the purchase of goods, and are made by partners of married or unmarried couples (with or without children) who live together in one household. There has been a lot of research, mainly in the social realm, on the underlying processes and roles of decision-making within families and couples. The individual members of a household have different roles and functions during that process and it is not rare that conflicts arise. Processes of decision-making vary across cultures, although there is a general trend toward the adoption of traditional role patterns.

Household decision-making has been studied from psychological, sociological, and economic perspectives. Power structure in a relationship is analyzed as a factor in decision-making. ...

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