A child-centred approach is important to developing support for children living in two homes after their parents divorce. This is the conclusion of a study by Onarheim Johnsen and Astrid Synnove Litland from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Inger Kristensson Hallström of Lund University’s Child and Family Health research group.
Parental separation and living in two homes is stressful for most children and may affect their health as adults. Previous research in the field has mainly focused on the experiences of parents and their descriptions of what their children experience. This study is unique in its type in that it is one of the first to describe the experiences of children based on their own descriptions.
In the study, 12 children between the ages of 10 and 13 years dividing their time between two homes were interviewed. The children described their situation of having two homes as like living in two worlds. They felt that they were being torn between their sense of loyalty to their parents and a longing for calm and stability in everyday life.
There has been a great deal of interest in the study. Only a few days after publication, the article had been read by over 3,000 people.
Behind the study stand Onarheim Johnsen and Astrid Synnove Litland from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Professor Inger Kristensson Hallström, head of Lund University’s Child and Family Health research group.