May 07, 2013 10:53
Married couples in Korea continue to display traditional patrilineal characteristics, and give more spending money to the husband's parents than to the wife's, according to a study.
The Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs surveyed 18,000 married couples last year and found that 30.9 percent of them gave a regular allowance to the husband's parents over the past year, while only 20.2 percent gave one to the wife's parents.
The finding suggests that perfect gender equality is still some way off.
Couples gave an average W82,000 (US$1=W1,095) a month to the husband's parents and W45,000 to the wife's, according to the study.
More married couples also tended to sporadically give spending money to the husband's parents than to the wife's, with 89.5 percent against 85 percent.
In money terms the difference is more marked as they gave an average of W723,000 to the husband's parents and W584,000 to the wife's.
The difference in the amount is related to how often they meet. Married couples tended to meet their parents on both sides once or twice every two months if they live separately. But 40.6 percent involved the husband's parents and only 37.4 percent the wife's.
However, among younger couples the trend is reversed. Among couples in their 20s, 8.6 percent gave money to the husband's parents but 9.3 percent to the wife's.
"The statistics reflect that there are more double-income households among younger married couples, so women are becoming more economically independent," said Kim Seung-kwon at KIHASA. "There is a strong chance that married couples 10 to 20 years from now will give more money to the wife's parents."
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