Shared residence, i.e., joint physical custody where the child is sharing his or her time equally between two custodial parents’ homes, is increasing in many Western countries and is common in parts of Northern Europe, particularly in Sweden. Shared residence is almost as common as the traditional sole mother care among children with separated parents in Sweden. Parental separation has been associated with lower wellbeing in both parents and children. However, growing evidence has suggested that adolescents with shared residence fare better than those in sole parent care. 

The presentation will include a review of the Swedish research in the area, conducted mainly at CHESS and then focus on a recent study concerning the extent to which children’s living conditions differ between the living arrangements, in a broader sense, is lacking. The study is based on data from the yearly Swedish Living Conditions Survey (ULF) and its child supplement (Child-ULF), with the aim of elucidating the potential differences in living conditions in a broad sense - from economic and material conditions, social relationships, health and health behaviors, conditions in school and neighborhood, as well as culture and leisure time activities - among children and adolescents with different living arrangements.