Stay At Home Dads On The Rise In U.S.


The number of U.S. fathers who are staying at home has nearly doubled since the late 1980s, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center.

Though almost one quarter of the fathers who stayed at home noted that the 2007-2009 recession was a factor, since they had trouble finding a job, one in five fathers are actually staying at home solely to care for a family. According to Pew, that statistic is a four-fold increase from 1989.

Senior researcher Gretchen Livingston noted that the merging of gender roles has contributed to men taking on more care giving tasks and women increasingly becoming breadwinners. One sure sign of the convergence is the fact that fathers have spent more time with their children since the 1980s – in fact, bonding time has tripled since then.

"This increase in the number and share of stay-at-home dads would certainly fit with that," Livingston said.

Interestingly, the rise in stay at home fathers coincided with fathers not living with their children. About 16 percent of fathers live apart from their young children, according to the report. In terms of race, the study found that blacks and Hispanics are less likely to be living with their children than whites.

Another part of the study found that the biggest portion of stay at home dads are not in the workforce because of illness or disability. Though this applies to 35 percent of stay at home dads, the number is less than the 56 percent who stayed home for that reason in 1989. Additionally, the study found that half of fathers who stay home are living in poverty, compared to 8 percent of working fathers.

The report studied those fathers who lived with children younger than 18 and drew data from the Census Bureau.

Source: The Huffington Post / Photo Credit: Flickr


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