Sinergia - Publications + Events


At the recent LIVES Day held at the University of Geneva, Giulia F. M. Spagnulo presented the first preliminary results of the SNSF FamyCH project, a pilot daily diary study focused on child well-being, interparental conflict, and mental load. The event, hosted by the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research, provided an excellent platform for her to share the initial findings and engage with experts in the field.

Type Flash talk
Speakers Giulia F. M. Spagnulo, Laura M. Vowels, Laura Bernardi & Joëlle Darwiche
Date 30.05.2024
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Keywords FamyCH, Interparental conflict, Mental load, child well-being

We are delighted to present the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Sinergia-funded initiative, „Family Custody Arrangements and Child Well-Being in Switzerland 2023-2027“ (FamyCH) at the online kick-off meeting. Since the launch of the project in September 2023, our team has been working diligently on the national survey that will underpin our recruitment of participants for in-depth sub-studies exploring legal, spatial, and relational dimensions. The first wave of the longitudinal survey will take place this summer. We look forward to sharing the objectives and status of the research project with the project partners and advisory board members at the event.

Date 07.06.2024
Starts 4:00 pm
Ends 5:00 pm
Location online

The Sinergia project is presented to experts in statistics and demography at the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG).

Date 11.04.2024
Location University Hospital of Geneva (HUG)

The Sinergia FamyCH team met at ETH Zurich for the PhD Colloquium taking place every six months. Afterwards, the group visited the performative housing project Stampfenbachstrasse by EMI architects and the Zollhaus by the housing cooperative Kalkbreite planed by Enzmann Fischer Partner AG to discuss spatial aspects relevant for family living.

Date 15.03.2024
Location ETH Zurich
Hallenwohnen, Zollhaus Zurich

Our research teams from the University of Lausanne, the University of Neuchâtel and the ETH Zurich will meet for a three-day retreat at the end of January 2024 to work on the national survey.

Date 24.01.2024

Prof. Joëlle Darwiche presented the research project to experts of the Centre LIVES at the University of Lausanne.

Type Presentation
Speakers Joëlle Darwiche
Date 11.01.2024
Location University of Lausanne UNIL

We are thrilled to announce the commencement of our SNF Sinergia Project «Family Custody Arrangements and Child Well-Being in Switzerland» (FamyCH). Our research teams from University of Lausanne, University of Neuchâtel and ETH Zurich launch the project in a first joint meeting with the new PhD students and PostDocs.

Date 16.11.2023
Starts 10:00 am
Ends 2:00 pm
Location Neuchâtel

Joëlle Darwiche presented the Sinergia project at the LIVES DAY at the University of Lausanne.

Type Conference
Speakers Joëlle Darwiche
Date 07.06.2023
Location University of Lausanne

The purpose of the systematic review was to synthesize the literature on children’s outcomes across different living arrangements (nuclear families, shared physical custody [SPC], lone physical custody [LPC]) by extracting and structuring relevant theoretical hypotheses (selection, instability, fewer resources, and stressful mobility) and comparing the empirical findings against these hypotheses. Following the PRISMA guidelines, the review included 39 studies conducted between January 2010-December 2022 and compared the living arrangements across five domains of children’s outcomes: emotional, behavioral, relational, physical, and educational. The results showed that children’s outcomes were the best in nuclear families but in 75% of the studies children in SPC arrangements had equal outcomes. Children in LPC tended to report the worst outcomes. When compared with the different theoretical hypotheses, the results were the most consistent with fewer resources hypothesis which suggests that children especially in LPC families have fewer relational and economic resources whereas children in SPC families are better able to maintain resources from both parents.

Type Research article
Authors Laura M. Vowels, Chiara L. Comolli, Laura Bernardi, Daniela Chacón-Mendoza, Joëlle Darwiche
Publication Plos ONE

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