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Study: Divorce may lead to psychosomatic symptoms in teens

We all know that divorce can be difficult on kids, but a recently-released study helps to explain more precisely how they can be affected.

The study determined that psychosomatic symptoms — which are physical problems that result from emotional distress — might be more common in teenagers whose parents have separated or divorced.

It was determined that teens who lived primarily with only one parent because of a divorce or separation were more likely to experience psychosomatic symptoms than teens who lived with both parents. 

Interestingly, teens whose parents had joint custody arrangements reported fewer psychosomatic symptoms than teens whose parent had sole custody but more of these problems than teens who lived with both parents, it was reported.

Psychosomatic symptoms included headaches, stomach aches, problems sleeping, problems concentrating, loss of appetite, and feeling tense, dizzy or sad.

The researchers who led the study, which was published last month in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, concluded that living in two separate homes can be stressful on children, but when the children had close contact with both parents stress may be reduced.

This is an important thing to keep in mind for all parents going through divorce. Although you probably want as much time as possible with your children, it is often in their best interests to have an adequate amount of time with both parents.

Additionally, while you may be angry or resentful toward your ex, it is often still important for your children to remain close with their other parent. This is why the family laws in Alabama promote joint custody arrangements, so long as both parents “act in the best interest” of the children.