Last Updated Jun 16, 2011 9:38 PM EDT
The study, which polled 800 dads working full-time and living with children under 18, also found that:
- Men are valuing the role of 'breadwinner' more highly. Five years ago, 44 percent of dads said they would quit their jobs if their wife made enough money to support the family. This year, only 33 percent of dads said they'd voluntarily leave their jobs.
- Dads are working longer. This year, 22 percent of dads said they work more than 50 hours a week, slightly more than the 19 percent who said so last year.
- Work and family are colliding. Some 34 percent said they'd missed two or more events that were significant to their kids this year because of work. More than one in five, or 21 percent, say they believe work demands have had a negative impact on their children.
According to that research:
- Most dads do not cut back on their work hours after their children are born. Some 96 percent said they were expected to do the same work as they had before becoming parents, and 3 percent said that more was expected of them. Only 6 percent negotiated flexible work arrangements after their children were born.
- Dads don't take much paternity leave. More than 75 percent of dads take off one week or less after the birth of a child. That could be because, after becoming parents, men say security is the most important thing they need in a job-with high salaries and opportunities for advancement being pushed aside.
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