Study: Fathers not taking advantage of paternity leave

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A new Boston College survey indicates that despite increasing availability of paternity leave among American fathers, many of them are reluctant to take it.

The Wall Street Journal reports that only 12 percent of dads surveyed by the Boston College Center for Work and Family took paid paternity leave last year as offered by their companies. A large majority - 85 percent - took fewer than two weeks off.

Sociologists argue that the perception of fathers who take time off are not as dedicated to their jobs is still rampant.

"There's still a stigma associated with men who put parenting on an equal footing with their jobs," University of Oregon sociologist Scott Coltrane told the Journal.


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