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Dads' Role Shifting, Though Outdated Views Remain

The role of father looks quite a bit different these days than it did when men were conventionally disciplinarians and women were the nurturers.

A new study shows what most contemporary parents of young kids know: June and Ward Cleaver are dead. These days, most dads play a significant role in their children's lives, though some gender-entrenched attitudes still remain, according to new research by PsychTests.

Whereas a majority of the 822 men who took the "Gender Roles" test said they were totally fine with women working outside the home and 46 percent thought either parent would make decent stay-at-home parents, one-fifth were still preoccupied with "gender-appropriate" toys.

Interestingly, of the men over thirty, 65 percent thought putting kids in daycare so that their wives could return to work was fine. But a smaller percent of those under thirty—59 percent—agreed with that kind of arrangement.

Almost one-third thought parents should do whatever they could to keep their sons from being called "sissies," though 43 percent disagreed. One-fifth thought little girls should be discouraged from being "too tomboyish." Almost half said they wanted their sons to learn domestic skills (whereas only 10 percent said that should be a top priority for their girls).

President of the PsychTests online research group, Dr. Iiona Jerabe, said of the "Gender Roles" test results that, while men have taken a bit longer to adjust to gender equality outside—and inside—the home, in the U.S., we're finally starting to see a shift.

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