Psychiatric and somatic health in relation to expereince of parental divorce in childhood
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854, Vol. 58, no 1, 16-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: The outcome of studies about experience of parental divorce and effects on mental and physical health differs in result possibly caused by the use of different questionnaires and instruments, varying length of time since the divorce and divergent drop-off of participants.
Aims: To study the presence of psychiatric records and number of diagnosed somatic and mental health care visits in a group of young adults with childhood experience of parental divorce in comparison to a group without this experience.
Methods: The presence of a record at the public psychiatric clinics and ten years of administrative health care data (somatic and mental) was checked for both groups.
Results: Significantly more persons from the divorce group occurred in child and adolescent psychiatric care, most pronounced women. However, no significant difference between the groups in number of persons seeking adult psychiatry, or in number of psychiatric consultations was present. Experience of parental divorce was not either found to be an indicator of larger somatic health problems.
Conclusion: Experience of parental divorce in childhood is not an indicator of adult psychiatric or somatic need of care.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2012. Vol. 58, no 1, 16-25 p.
Somatic health, parental divorce, psychiatric records
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54628DOI: 10.1177/0020764010382372ISI: 000297867400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54628DiVA: diva2:306039
ProjectsGrown-up children of divorce: Expereinces and health