Many Childhood Moves, Less Adult Happiness

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 5 (UPI) — Frequent relocations in childhood are linked to poorer outcomes in adulthood, especially among the introverted or neurotic, U.S. researchers said.

Lead author Shigehiro Oishi of the University of Virginia said the study involved tracking 7,108 U.S. adults ages 20 to 75, for 10 years.


In 1994 and 1995, they were asked how many times they moved as children and asked about their psychological well-being, personality type and social relationships. Follow-up was 10 years later.

The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found the more times people moved as children, the more likely they were to report lower life satisfaction and psychological well-being — even after controlling for age, gender and education — as well as having fewer quality social relationships as adults.

“Moving a lot makes it difficult for people to maintain long-term close relationships,” Oishi said in a statement. “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.”

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