Description: Perhaps not surprisingly, it seems that moving a lot during childhood might be associated with poorer mental health outcomes. Before we move too quickly to advising parents and adding to public mental health policy with having a close look at the methodology of the study.
Source: Moving during childhood links to poor mental health, Reuters, health, Lisa Rappaport.
Date: November 6, 2015
Photo Credit: fewmoves.com
Links: Article Link — http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/06/us-health-kids-moving-idUSKCN0SV2JT20151106
Suggesting that children who move a lot, and as a consequence experience the stresses of moving on a number of occasions, may not do as well from the point of view general mental health as children to move less often seems like a fairly straightforward hypothesis. Before looking at this article however, pause and think for a moment about why that might be. As well, think about what kind of study you might conduct or what kind of data you would like to access if you wanted to investigate whether or not this hypothesis makes sense. Now read the Reuters article and, if you like, obtain and read the Irish research article that it describes. Pay particular attention in the Reuters article to the various variables that are said to be correlated with moving. Also pay particular attention to how the authors operationalized the question of whether or not children experienced chronic mental health problems. Now consider the questions below.
Questions for Discussion:
- Does the description of the research article discussed here as investigating the relationship between number of moves in childhood and later chronic mental health problems make sense to you after having read the description of the study?
- What are some of the issues you might point to that make the results of this study less straightforward than the title of the article might suggest?
- Before we start offering parents advice on how to prepare their children for moves what sorts of additional research might we want to undertake?
References (Read Further):
Tseliou, F., Maguire, A., Donnelly, M., & O’Reilly, D. (2015). The impact of childhood residential mobility on mental health outcomes in adolescence and early adulthood: a record linkage study. Journal of epidemiology and community health, jech-2015.