Teens have greater risk for psychosomatic symptoms if parents separate or divorce

TIME reports that a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health “suggests that children fare better when they spend time living with both of their parents” following a divorce or separation.

HealthDay reports that the study also suggests that adolescents may have a greater “risk for psychosomatic symptoms – physical problems caused by mental distress – if their parents separate or divorce.”

Researchers arrived at that conclusion after analyzing “data from nearly 150,000 Swedish youngsters, aged 12 to 15,” who were evaluated “for potential psychosomatic symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, sleep problems, poor concentration, loss of appetite, and feelings of tension, sadness and dizziness.”

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