Jani Turunen (Stockholm): Shared physical custody and family relatonships in Sweden
Jani Turunen (Stockholms Universitet) besøker AKS-seminaret. Turunen er demograf/familiesosiolog og arbeider blant annet med problemstillinger knyttet til skilsmisser og stefamilier. På seminaret presenterer han to nye arbeider om delt bosted for barn etter samlivsbrudd og dets sammenheng med barns stress og livskvalitet.
Jani Turunen, Stockholms Universitet
The complexity of family forms in the past decades has received a lot of attention within the social sciences and while findings related to divorce, stepfamily formation and divorce and other family structure transitions is considerable the literature on shared physical custody of children is much more limited, especially based on randomly selected nationally representative samples.Recent research has shown that family relations (Hagquist 2015) and parenting practices (Bastaits et al. 2012; Bastaits & Mortelmans 2016) are important mediators of children´s higher wellbeing in shared physical custody arrangements compared to sole parental custody. Another issue raised in the analysis of shared custody and children’s wellbeing is the role of selection into different forms custody based on inter-parental relationship quality and cooperation. The presentation will address these issues by presenting two separate studies on shared physical custody in Sweden. The first study analyses how children´s residential arrangements structure parental support and knowledge in different residential arrangements. Using high quality survey data, from the Health behavior on school-aged children (HBSC) survey, with a large sample size (n: 6964) we are able to analyze not just children in 50/50 shared custody compared to sole custody or two-parent families but also those living in unequally shared residential arrangement including traditional weekend visitation. In an additional study we examine how custody form is related to children’s perceived stress controlling for the parents’ relationship quality as well as parent-child relationship. This study is based on the Swedish Child-ULF surveys from 2001-2003.