Modern men are still likely to take an old-fashioned approach to fatherhood by sticking to the same working patterns and shunning the opportunity to work part-time, according to new research published today.
Despite temporarily cutting back their hours after their baby is born, most men soon settle back to their old working routines and put in the same hours as their colleagues, the Bristol University study found.
The Economic and Social Research Council-funded research also found there was no evidence that men were adopting a "female model" of parenthood, whereby mothers combine part-time work with raising their children.
The impact fatherhood has on men's commitment to work has also traditionally been overplayed, the study claimed.
Fathers do not work shorter hours than nonfathers, nor do they see this as a problem, the report found.
"Fatherhood is not a good predictor of the number of hours men work once other variables are taken into account," said Dr Esther Dermott, who lead the research.
Data analysis showed that around a quarter of men wanted to work fewer hours, less than one per cent wanted to increase their hours, and the remainder wished to maintain the status quo.