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Pre-school children affected by house moves, study shows

Moving to a new house can cause emotional and behavioural difficulties for children under five, and these problems can increase with subsequent moves, research by the University of Otago has found.

The study analysed Ministry of Health data for more than 300,000 pre-school children in New Zealand. It found that 69 per cent had moved at least once by the time they were four years old, and 12 per cent had moved four or more times.

The findings are published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

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