Frequent moves during childhood negatively impact mental health

A longitudinal Irish study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and reported in Reuters,  found that moves during childhood were related to poor mental health in children, particularly older students.  Stability and familiar environment and friends were seen as protective factors for childhood mental health.  Physical health was not impacted by moves.  Care should be taken to help students who move frequently to adjust to their new environments and schools.

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