Fifty moves a year: is there an association between joint physical custody and psychosomatic problems in children?

  title={Fifty moves a year: is there an association between joint physical custody and psychosomatic problems in children?},
  author={Malin Bergstr{\"o}m and Emma Fransson and Bitte Modin and Marie Berlin and Per A. Gustafsson and Anders Hjern},
  journal={Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health},
  pages={769 - 774}
Background In many Western countries, an increasing number of children with separated parents have joint physical custody, that is, live equally much in their parent's respective homes. In Sweden, joint physical custody is particularly common and concerns between 30% and 40% of the children with separated parents. It has been hypothesised that the frequent moves and lack of stability in parenting may be stressful for these children. Methods We used data from a national classroom survey of all… 
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