Friday, June 04, 2010

Moving kids and mental troubles

Having a nomadic childhood can have negative long-term consequences for people's health and happiness. Researchers from the University of Virginia studied 7,108 American adults who were followed for ten years. The participants, who were between the ages of 20 and 75, were asked how many times they had moved as children and about their psychological well-being, personality type and social relationships. The more times people moved as children the more likely they were to report lower life satisfaction and psychological well-being even after taking age, sex and education levels into account. Those who moved most frequently also had fewer good-quality relationships. People who were assessed as being introverted or neurotic suffered more from frequent moves. This could be because introverted children find it harder to make new friends after moving and that neurotic children have more negative reactions to stressful life events.

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