The Careerist: Dads on Paternity Leave Are Slackers at Home

March 5, 2012 7:28 PM

The Careerist: Dads on Paternity Leave Are Slackers at Home

Posted by Vivia Chen

The good news is that paternity leave is getting more attention. The not-so-good news is that men aren’t really taking care of the baby when they take time off. In fact, many are using the time to do more work.

That’s the finding in a recently released study by University of Virginia professor Steven Rhoads and his son Christopher Rhoads, who teaches at the University of Connecticut. The study, which appears in Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, surveyed 181 married, heterosexual, tenure-track professors with small children.

Here’s the real stunner in the report, reports UVa Today:

Only three of 109 male faculty members surveyed reported that they did half or more of the care, while 70 of 73 women reported doing at least half. On average, both men and women professors reported that the mother did more than half the work for all 25 of the child care tasks. This result holds even when the male professor’s wife works full-time.

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