Residential Mobility and Flourishing Among United States School-Age Children, 2011/2012 National Survey of Children’s Health

  • Annie GjelsvikEmail author
  • Michelle L. Rogers
  • Ling Song
  • Alison E. Field
  • Patrick M. Vivier


Objectives To investigate the association of residential mobility with flourishing among school-age children. Methods Data from the 2011/2012 National Survey of Children’s Health were used to examine parent/caregiver-reported information on flourishing and residential mobility for children age 6–17 (N = 63,333). Residential mobility was the number of times the child moved categorized as: none, 1–2, and 3+. Children who were reported to show interest/curiosity, finish tasks, stay calm/in control, care about doing well in school, and do all homework were coded as flourishing. Sex-specific multivariable models were used to model the relative risk of mobility on flourishing. Interactions of mobility with age and poverty were tested. Results Among US school-age children, 22% had no moves, 39% had 1–2 moves and 39% had 3+ moves in their lifetime. Nearly half (45%) were flourishing. Both boys and girls who moved 3+ times were less likely to flourish compared to children with no moves. Among poor boys moving 3+ times was associated with less flourishing (aRR 0.83, 95% CI 0.71, 0.98) with no association for non-poor boy. Among girls the pattern was reversed (aRR 0.88, 95% CI 0.81, 0.95 for non-poor girls and no association for poor girls). Conclusions for Practice Residential mobility may lead to lower rates of flourishing. The patterns, when stratified by age or poverty, are different for boys and girls.


Flourishing School engagement Residential mobility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation InstituteBrown University School of Public HealthProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Department of EpidemiologyBrown University School of Public HealthProvidenceUSA

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