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A new study on the relationship between the number of childhood moves and the level of well-being in adulthood shows frequent moves can be harmful to children.

Shigehiro Oishi, of the University of Virginia and the study’s lead author, said, “We know that children who move frequently are more likely to perform poorly in school and have more behavioral problems. However, the long-term effects of moving on well-being in adulthood have been overlooked by researchers.”

In the study reported in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers show frequent moves in childhood result in poorer well-being in adulthood, especially in introverted or neurotic individuals. The study that followed 7,108 Americans for 10 years also found that the more children are moved around, the more likely they were to report in the survey less satisfaction in life and fewer quality social relationships as adults.

With the economy and the need to move where the jobs are, sometimes parents have no choice. In other cases, however, parents should seriously consider their reasons for moving the child from one apartment or house to another, from one school to another or from the location of daily care to another. There is more than meets the eye to settling down and planting roots.


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