Child Adjustment in Joint Physical Custody Versus Sole Custody: A Meta-Analytic Review

  title={Child Adjustment in Joint Physical Custody Versus Sole Custody: A Meta-Analytic Review},
  author={Amandine Baude and Jessica Pearson and Sylvie Drapeau},
  journal={Journal of Divorce \& Remarriage},
  pages={338 - 360}
ABSTRACT A meta-analysis was conducted to compare the adjustment of children in joint and sole custody. The studies included here defined joint custody as a proportion of time spent by children in each home ranging from a one-third time division (70%/30%) to an equal share (50%/50%). The overall results of the 19 selected studies revealed better outcomes for children in joint custody, with a weak effect size (d = .109). Moreover, this association was moderated by the amount of time that… 
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Child adjustment in joint-custody versus sole-custody arrangements: a meta-analytic review.
  • R. Bauserman
  • Psychology
    Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association
  • 2002
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A Comparison of Maternal, Paternal, and Joint Custody:: Understanding the Varieties of Post-Divorce Family Life
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Decisionsregardingcustody andaccessaremost oftenmade withoutreferencetotheresearchon child development, although this literature can be useful in conceptualizing children’s needs after separation and