The Growing Number Of Stay-At-Home Dads And The Stigma They May Face
When people think about a parent staying home to raise children in lieu of building a career, they may tend to think about the mother; but what about stay-at-home dads? According to Pew Research Center, the number of fathers choosing to stay home to care for their kids is on the rise.
About a quarter of these stay-at-home fathers report they are home mostly because they can't find jobs, but nearly as many say their main reason is to care for their homes or families, a fourfold increase from 1989. However, stay-at-home dads may still be stigmatized. Some dads have found support in groups like the National At-Home Dad Network.
Here to talk about the growing number of stay-at-home dads and the way they are viewed by society are Professor of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Gary Dick; Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at The Ohio State University, Director of the Ohio State University Center for Ethics and Human Values and Chair of the Ohio Executive Committee of the National Parents Organization, Dr. Donald Hubin; and Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University, Dr. Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan.