Young people who divide their time between their parents after divorce enjoy better mental health, new research suggests.
Researchers at RKBU Vest (the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare) in Bergen, Norway, compared different living arrangements made by divorced parents for their children.
A total of 7700 children were polled on the parents’ divorce, the family’s circumstances and which parents they had spent time with since the split. The mental health of each participant was also assessed.
Researcher Sondre Aasen Nilsen added:
“Furthermore, we found that youths with joint residency did not have more mental problems than young people living with their two non-divorced parents.”
This was the largest study ever undertaken in Norway on living arrangements for children after divorce, and the first to look at the topic in more than 20 years. Nilsen explained:
“We have therefore lacked information about how young people adapt in different residency arrangements today, following the large increase in families who choose a shared residency scheme.”
It was published by Norwegian research institute Uni Research.