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Friday 15 December 2017

Moving house can lead to drug use

CHILDREN who frequently move house are more likely to suffer poor health.

Moving several times before the age of 18 can have an impact on overall health, cause psychological distress and increase the likelihood that a child may use illegal drugs.

The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, included data for 850 people.

By the age of 18, 59pc had moved house once or twice while 21pc had moved at least three times. Some 20pc had stayed in the same house.

Children of single parents or those with step-parents were significantly more likely to move home, as were those with two or three siblings.

Those who had moved three times or more were twice as likely to have used illegal drugs and nearly three times as likely to have had suicidal thoughts.

However, the risk of some these problems had subsided by the age of 36.

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