New publication of the RILSA

 Kuchařová, Věra - Peychlová, Kristýna
Public opinion survey on the new motivational paternity leave
Praha: RILSA, 2016. 85 pp. - ISBN 978-80-7416-243-5

This monograph is an outcome of the “Public opinion survey on the new motivational paternity leave” project that was carried out in 2015. Its goal was to examine the attitudes of parents in the Czech Republic to the introduction of the so-called “motivational paternity leave,” which would enable fathers to devote time to full-time childcare, while providing them with a salary compensation during this period. The questionnaire examined the preferred design of the leave with regard to the size of the salary compensation, form and conditions of take-up or the currently used practices of balancing work and family, especially in the case of fathers. The sample comprised parents of children up to the age of six. The survey has shown that long-term patterns of opinion about the ideal form of childcare for small children still prevail, but compared to previous research there is greater support for the idea of sharing full-time childcare between parents. Financial and work reasons and the general attitude to the father and mother roles in the family play the most important role here. Parents expressed a relatively high interest in motivational paternity leave - two thirds of respondents would like to take it up for sure and an equal part would do so under certain circumstances. However, more than a half of the respondents who expressed interest in motivational paternity leave would prefer an irregular take-up by individual days, i.e. as “help to the mother in the case of need.” The main factor in the decision-making about whether to take up paternity leave or not is the size of the salary compensation. Respondents who declared they would not consider using motivational paternity leave were mostly concerned about the loss of the father’s employment or salary, but frequently also expressed the opinion that mothers were better preconditioned to take care of small children.

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