Attitudes about Parental Leave-Taking for Single and Same-Gender Parents

Awarded Scholars:
Trenton Mize, Purdue University
Richard Petts, Ball State University
Gayle Kaufman, Davidson College
Project Date:
Jan 2023
Award Amount:

Federal law only guarantees new parents six weeks of unpaid time off and only about one-fifth of workers have employer-provided paid family leave. Additionally, not all workers who are eligible for state or employer programs take parental leave, possibly due to perceived penalties and stigma associate with it. Sociologists Trenton Mize, Richard Petts, and Gayle Kaufman will examine attitudes towards parental leave taken by single parents (both women and men) and parents in same-gender and different-gender couples. They will conduct a survey experiment for their study.


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