chapter  10
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Working Therapeutically With Stay-at-Home Fathers

WithAaron B. Rochlen, Ryan A. McKelley

Men in this country are playing an increasingly active role in the raising of their children. One area in which this trend is particularly apparent is the increasing number of stay-at-home fathers (SAHFs). The U.S. Census reports an 18% increase from 1994 to 2001 in the number of fathers who stay at home with their children (U.S. Census Bureau, 2002), with 40% of the households having an annual income of $50,000 or more. The census (2006) estimates that 159,000 men have remained out of the work force for more than a year to take primary responsibility for their children while their wives or partners worked.