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Rice Sociologist Finds Male Scientists Regret Parenthood Decisions More Than Female Counterparts
August 19, 2010
Many scientists in academia bemoan the fact that their lifestyles do not allow them to have as many children as they would like. Surprisingly, male scientists harbor more regrets than female scientists, according to a study by Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund.
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