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Table 1 Examples of meaning unit, codes, subcategory, category and core category

From: “I have surly passed a limit, it is simply too much”: women’s and men’s experiences of stress and wellbeing when living within a process of housework resignation

Meaning unit Codes Subcategory Category Core category
It is divided male-female, traditionally so to speak Traditional division    
She cleans and washes mainly and I do the heavier stuff Doing the heavy work
I’m the one shovelling snow and painting and carrying Doing the outdoor work Living with stereotypical masculinities Gender practices in housework Living within a process of housework resignation
Sometimes I would rather not repair anything that breaks Reluctant repair