Does Taking Paternity Leave Give Men a Longer Life?

Men who take time off from work to care for their children live longer than other men, sociologist Scott Coltrane writes in The Atlantic. According to a study in Sweden, fathers who took paternity leave in 1978 and 1979 had a 16% decreased death risk by 2001; those who took the longest leaves had the greatest benefits. The study says increased involvement in parenting may reduce some of the detrimental effects of traditional masculinity on men’s health behaviors.

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