Fathers, Work and Family Life: global perspectives and new insights

Margaret O'Brien, Berit Brandth, Elin Kvande

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This paper presents a policy analysis of fathers' use of paternity leave, parental leave and flexible work practices across several industrialised countries. From the late 1990s there has been a rapid expansion of leave and flexible working provision targeted at fathers, especially in the Nordic countries. New evidence on predictors and patterns of fathers' leave taking are reviewed. Findings suggest that paternal leave taking has the potential to boost fathers' practical and emotional investment in infant care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-386
Number of pages12
JournalCommunity, Work & Family
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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