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Gender Roles and Infant/Toddler Care: The Special Case of Tenure Track Faculty
By Steven E. Rhoads and Christopher Rhoads, August, 2004
The present research examines the impact of parental leave policies and gender-role attitudes on the distribution of childcare responsibilities in the families of 184 tenure-track assistant professors at U.S. institutions. Utilization of paid parental leave policies by men is associated with higher levels of participation in parenting tasks, as is a belief in non-traditional gender roles; however, even those male professors who take leave and believe in non-traditional gender roles do much less childcare than female professors.
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