A new study reveals that parental separation or divorce increases the risk of psychosomatic problems, including concentration and sleep difficulties in kids. Conducted by the Centre for Health Equity Studies in Stockholm, Sweden, the research also uncovered that joint legal custody of children seems to be less problematic than sole custody.

“We think that having everyday contact with both parents seems to be more important, in terms of stress, than living in two different homes,” said study author Malin Bergstrom. The researchers used data from almost 1,50,000 Swedish teens to see if children’s domestic living arrangements were linked to a heightened risk of psychosomatic problems.

While teens living mostly with one parent as a result of family break-up reported the most psychosomatic problems, those living with both parents in a nuclear family set-up reported the fewest.

Children living in joint custody arrangements had fewer psychosomatic problems than their peers living mostly or only with one parent, but they still had more problems than children living with both parents in a nuclear family. The study was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Source: IANS

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