Understanding the “New Man of the House”
National At-Home Dad Network, Chapman University, Farm Rich, September 17, 2014
Summary: Found that dads often choose to stay home based on conversation with their partner about who is best-suited to be home with the children and who is best-suited to pursue a career and not based on “traditional gender roles.”
Growing Number of Dads Home with the Kids
Pew Research, June 5, 2014
Summary: Found that the number of dads at home with their kids rose from 1.1 million in 1989 to 2 million in 2012. The percentage of those who chose to stay home rose from 5% to 21%, a four-fold increase. Read our take on this study here.
The Status Costs of Subordinate Culture Capitol: At-Home Father’s Collective Pursuit of Cultural Legitimacy Through Capitalizing Consumption Practices, Gokcen Coskuner-Bali, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Research, Chapman University, 2012
Summary: Found that stay-at-home dads are parenting differently than moms but are very competent and very much unlike the image society has from such movies as “Mr. Mom” from 1983. At-home dads are less stressed about parenting, allow their children to take more risks and use more technology in their daily routine than moms.
The New Dad: Right At Home, Dr. Brad Harrington, et. al, Boston College Center for Work & Family, 2012 (was presented at the 17th Annual At-Home Dads Convention, Washington DC, October 6, 2012)
Summary: Found that most men choose to be at-home dads (over 70%), not because of a job loss and inability to find work. Also found that a spouse at home gave a wife an opportunity to focus more at work and advance her career.
Weak Job Market Has More Dads Staying Home – And They May Stay There, Karen Kramer, Professor of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois, 2012
Summary: Found, by exploring 34 years of employment data, that the number of at-home dads increased during economic downturns but decreased when economy turned around. NOTE: The National At-Home Dad Network believe this is an inaccurate way to extrapolate this past data to the future numbers of at-home dads. Society shifts on views of masculinity, increased advanced degrees and career opportunities for women are not factored into her findings. Because of these reasons, we believe the number of at-home dads will continue to rise, even when economy rebounds.
Is Fatherhood a Full Time Job? Mixed Methods Insights into Measuring Stay-at-Home Fatherhood, Fathering: a Journal of Theory, Research and Practice about Men as Fathers, 2011
Summary: Findings suggest that the U.S. Census underestimates the number of fathers who care full-time, by as many as 1.4 million, by not counting fathers who work part-time, report other reasons for being home and/or have been home less than one year. These results have important implications for how scholars more precisely measure emergent, transitioning forms of fatherhood.
More Working Women Than Men Have Advanced Degrees, U.S. Census, 2011
Summary: Found that 37% of women have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 35% of men
Wives Who Earn More Than Their Husbands, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011
Summary: Found that 38% of wives out earn their husbands in 2011
The New Dad: Caring, Committed and Conflicted, Dr. Brad Harrington, et. al., Boston College Center for Work & Family, 2011
Summary: Found that 53% of over 1,000 working fathers they surveyed would like to be at-home dads if their spouse earned a sufficient income to allow them to quit their job.
An Exploratory Investigation of Working Women with Stay-At-Home Fathers, Dr. Marianne Dunn, et. al, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, 2011 (was presented at the 16th Annual At-Home Dads Convention, Washington DC, October 8, 2011)
Summary: Found that most wives of stay-at-home dads are very happy with the child care their husbands provide but not quite as happy with their domestic abilities.
Qualitative Insights into Stay At-Home Fatherhood, Beth Latshaw, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University, 2009
Summary: Found that the U.S. Census significantly undercounts the number of at-home dads by only counting those who are not in the labor force. Latshaw found that most fathers who, by most societal definitions are “stay-at-home dads,” do in fact work part-time or opposite shifts from their spouse. She found that the true number of at-home dads is at least 1.4 million.
Psychological Well-Being of Stay-At-Home Fathers, Aaron Rochlen, Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology, University of Texas-Austin, 2007 (was presented at the 14th Annual At-Home Dads Convention, Omaha, NE October 10, 2009)
Summary: Found that stay-at-home fathers who had a good social support network tended to be happier and less affected by stigma of being home than those who didn’t. He also found that 93% of at-home dads are white, their average age is 37 and they have 1.8 children.