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Professor’s father study disproves stereotype of distant figure

Alfred University professor Arthur Greil is the co-author of a new study on fathering that disproves the classic stereotype of the distant, career-focused father.

"The popular image of the American father as totally absorbed in his job and not emotionally involved with his family does not seem to be true any longer," Greil said.

The study showed that 77 percent of American men rated being a good father as very important, while only 49 percent said the same about having a successful career.

Greil and his fellow researchers surveyed nearly 1,000 men across the United States, asking them to rate the importance of fatherhood alongside their other interests. Participants included both fathers and non-fathers who were either married or co-habiting.

The results suggest that men view fatherhood and their careers as a "package deal" rather than competing factors in their lifestyle.

"American men apparently do not see their careers as being in competition with their roles as fathers," Greil added.

The study will be featured in an upcoming issue of the journal "Fathering.’ Greil co-authored the study with Veronica Tichenor of the State University of New York Institute of Technology, Julia McQuillan and Raleigh Contreras of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Karina Shreffler of Oklahoma State University.

Greil has been a professor of sociology at Alfred University for over 30 years. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in religions from Syracuse University as well as a master if arts degree and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His areas of focus include medical sociology, socialization and identity change, race and ethnicity, sociology of religion, social theory and data analysis.

He has participated in a number of prominent research studies in sociology. Greil was on sabbatical leave for the spring 2011 semester in order to complete this study and several publications for other professional journals.

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