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date: 20 January 2021

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Recent research shows that most fathers today seek roles that are much more integrated and engaged with the lives of their families than fathers in previous generations. However, society in general, and workplaces in particular, have been slow to adapt to these new fatherhood roles. This situation causes increased work–family conflict for fathers and leaves them in a situation in which their aspirations are often inconsistent with their realities. Although these changes are beginning to be noted, existing research in the work–family field has focused much more on the issues women face in integrating work and family than it has on the issues facing men. This predominantly gendered approach to work and family integration has a number of deleterious effects on both men and women, and also inhibits moving this critical conversation forward. This chapter reviews the current state of research on work–family issues for men and suggests areas for additional research.

Keywords: Work–family, Work and family, Father, Fatherhood, Issues facing men, Fatherhood roles, Work family conflict, Work and family integration

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