Survey: Stay-at-home-dad more attractive

June 18, 2005 at 4:33 PM
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CHICAGO, June 18 (UPI) -- The job of stay-at-home dad is becoming increasingly attractive to today's working dads in the United States.

The number of working dads who say they are willing to give up the breadwinner role if their spouse or partner earned enough to support their families rose from 43 percent in 2004 to 49 percent in 2005, according to the survey.

When comparing age groups, men falling in the 36 to 50 category were the most likely to relinquish the primary provider role with 53 percent willing to stay home with the children.

Men ages 21 to 35 ranked second at 46 percent. Those in the 51 to 65 age group were least likely at 38 percent.

"More than one-third of working dads report they currently spend less than two hours with their children after work and one-half have missed at least one significant event in their children's lives due to work in the last year," says Richard Castellini, vice president of consumer marketing at

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