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Ongoing project

Shared residence: Children’s perspectives and new evidence

Project period September 2017 - December 2018
Project employer The Ministry of Children and Equality
Project nr. 10256
Project leader Hilde Lidén

Illustration: Ronja, 5 years.

Project Background

There has been an increase in shared residence for children among parents living apart over the last decades. In 2012, about one in four children with separated parents had shared residence in Norway, and this arrangement has become more common among most groups of parents.

Project Purpose

The purpose of the project is to study the variation in families’ experiences with shared residence in Norway, particularly children's experiences with shared residence, and how such an arrangement is actually practiced. The project also aims to identify knowledge gaps and topics that should be studied in future research on children and parental breakup.

Research Questions

The Ministry of Children and Equality wants to know more about how shared residence is actually practiced, and what advantages and disadvantages children themselves emphasize with such an arrangement, the role of the parents’ socio-economic status for parents’ use of shared residence and children’s experiences with such an arrangement.

We will also examine the role of shared residence for children’s relationships with their parents, other family members, friends and neighborhood, whether there are differences between children in different age-groups, and children’s relationships with their siblings and new family members. Moreover, we will explore to what extent children themselves can influence the way that shared residence is actually practiced, how they experience their parents’ collaboration and conflicts, and the role of new information technology in their contact and communication with their parents.

Methodological approach and informants

Different methodological approaches and groups of informants will be used in the project. We want to interview children and young people in neighborhoods with different socio-economic characteristics about their experiences with shared residence. At certain schools we will also interview the school nurses and social counselors about their role and experience with children with shared residence.

Moreover, we will carry out focus groups interviews with the staff in some larger kindergartens about the kindergarten’s role and experience with children who have shared residence. We will also use survey-data to explore the factors that further and hinder shared residence for children among parents who live within a short geographical distance from each other, as well as the extent of conflict and cooperation between shared residence parents compared to parents with other arrangements.     


Silje Sætrang Fevik M.Sc. Research Assistant +46 993 62 996 Send e-mail
Anne Skevik Grødem Dr. polit. Research Director, Welfare Policy and Politics +47 920 56 232 Send e-mail
Ragni Hege Kitterød Dr. polit. Research Professor +47 950 50 375 Send e-mail
Hilde Lidén Dr. polit. Research Professor +47 951 23 660 Send e-mail
Tags: Welfare, Gender Equality
Published Sep. 22, 2017 10:13 AM - Last modified May 18, 2018 12:46 PM