Hard times rough for dads

June 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM
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CHICAGO, June 13 (UPI) -- Hard economic times are prompting changes at home, as well as changes at work, for U.S. fathers, an annual Father's Day survey found.

In a survey of 729 full-time working dads taken Feb. 9 through March 2, two out of five fathers, 43 percent, indicated they took no paternity leave on behalf of a child born in the past three years.

Thirty-six percent of respondents indicated they brought work home from the office, an increase from 2008, when 27 percent brought work home, said CareerBuilder, which sponsored the survey.

Fewer working dads indicated they would take a pay cut, with 33 percent indicating they would accept lower pay, down from 37 percent in 2008.

Slightly fewer fathers indicated they would consider swapping work for a chance to be a stay-at-home dad.

The percentage of respondents indicating they would accept a full-time position as a stay-at-home dad fell from 37 percent in 2008 to 35 percent in 2012.

Jobs also interfere with relationships, the survey results indicated. With Father's Day around the corner, 22 percent of dads indicated their job has a negative effect on their relationships with their children.

CareerBuilder said the survey allowed, with 95 percent certainty, a margin of error of plus and minus 3.63 percentage points.

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