The Middle Years Father Project at the University of Nebraska is looking for volunteers for a study on mid-life fatherhood.
"People today are marrying later in life," says Nick Stinnet, chairman of the department of human development and family, "and there are more divorces and re-marriages. So we're seeing more people becoming parents in the middle years of life.
"But there is very little research on this, particularly about men. We have some evidence that fathers are taking an increasing role in childrearing -- though not necessarily in housework -- within the family.
"Part of the reason appears to be the increase of women in the workforce. Also our philosophy about child-rearing is changing, too, making it more and more accepted now that men should be involved.'
Two groups of fathers are needed for the study:
(1) Those who have become fathers for the first time between the ages of 40 to 60.
(2) "Recycled" fathers between the ages of 40 to 60 who have grown children (usually as the result of remarriage).
Participants will be asked to spend about 15 minutes completing a questionnaire. A copy of the final research results, expected to be ready in late summer, will be available by request.