‘Scientists Want More Children,’ Say Researchers

A new academic study found that the pressures of maintaining a successful academic career in science has resulted in those professionals having fewer children than they actually want, reducing their happiness about their jobs. “We also show that the impact of science on family life is not just a woman’s problem,” wrote Rice University researcher Elaine Howard Ecklund and Southern Methodist University’s Anne E. Lincoln, “the effect on life satisfaction of having fewer children than desired is more pronounced for male than female faculty, with life satisfaction strongly related to career satisfaction.”

 

“. . . [I]t is concerning that a significant proportion of men and women trained in the select few spots available at top U.S. research universities are considering leaving science and that such desires to leave are related to the impact of the science career on family life,” they added. (August 2011)