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Study finds that for young men, family comes first

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They have different attitudes than their fathers and grandfathers

Breaking ranks with their fathers and grandfathers on the important issue of work-family integration, 71 percent of men 21-39 said in a survey that they would give up some of their pay for more time with their families. “What we’re seeing is a transformation between generations and gender,” said Paula Rayman, director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Center and principal investigator in the study “Life’s Work: Generational Attitudes Toward Work and Life Integration.” The survey showed that increasing numbers of young men want to take an active role in raising their children; most workers perceive that their loyalty toward employers is not reciprocated; and many workers are sleep deprived. “Young men are beginning to replicate women’s sensibilities instead of women in the workforce trying to be more like men.” Eighty-two percent of men ages 20-39 put family time at the top of their list, keeping pace with 85 percent of women in those age groups.