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Lauren Admire | 7 Jun 2010 17:00

Relocating Too Often as a Kid Makes You Neurotic

If you are one of those kids whose family relocates constantly, this study is for you. The next time your parents claim "Don't worry honey, you can always make new friends," just reference this article. A recent study has shown that relocating often as a child can make you more introverted and neurotic as an adult.

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

Oishi conducted a study on 7,108 adults between the ages of 20 and 75, surveying them on their general well-being and the number of times they had moved as a child. Those adults who had moved more often as children reported feeling less satisfied with their lives and well-being. They also had fewer genuine social relationships than other adults who did not relocate as much.

Further, introverts suffered more from frequent moves than extraverts. "Moving a lot makes it difficult for people to maintain long-term close relationships," explains Oishi. "This might not be a serious problem for outgoing people who can make friends quickly and easily. Less outgoing people have a harder time making new friends."

Even more foreboding: Adults who moved frequently as children were more likely to die early. "We can speculate that moving often creates more stress and stress has been shown to have an ill effect on people's health," said Oishi. "But we need more research on this link before we can conclude that moving often in childhood can, in fact, be dangerous to your health in the long-term."

Source: Science Daily

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