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Thesis (M.S.)--University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 1971. Home Economics Area.


Copyright 1971, the author. Used by permission.


The focus of this study concerned the work arrangement, and equipment used by 40 homemakers required to sit while performing laundry, and the problems they encountered. The purposes of the study were: (1) To determine the home laundry tasks done by the chair-confined homemaker. (2) To determine control placement on the equipment used by the chair-confined homemaker. (3) To determine whether the specific tasks of laundry, that is, (a) sorting, (b) machine washing, (c) hand washing, (d) stain-removal, (e) ironing, (f) drying, (g) mending, and (h) folding, are currently performed by the chair-confined homemaker. (4) To determine who does the tasks of laundry that the chair-confined homemaker does not do. (5) To determine conditions of work arrangement and laundry area location which may in turn result in performance or non-performance of laundry tasks by the chair-confined homemaker. (6) To recommend work arrangements based on general laundry area designs used by the chair-confined homemakers in the sample.

The homemakers in this study were all residents of Nebraska. They all had the responsibility of maintaining a home. The women ranged in age from 19 years to 78 years and accomplished their housework alone, with the help of family members or with the aid of purchased help.

Advisor: Lois O. Schwab.