Effects Of Relocation On The Social Development

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The Effect of Relocation on the Social Development of Adolescents in the United States
Ziyi Liu
Vanderbilt University
The Effect of Relocation on the Social Development of Adolescents in the United States Moving and relocation is a fairly universal experience for those in the United States and in similarly developed societies. According to the United States Census Bureau, an average adult moves approximately 11.7 times in their lifetime, making relocation an important factor to analyze when looking at the general population. Movement is also common among adolescents as they follow their families in relocation experiences. As a result, understanding the topic of relocation becomes important in providing context to the greater issue of adolescent development. The primary question of the paper is to ask what the effects of relocation are on the development of social skills of adolescents. While frequent relocation in adolescents may not be the norm, it is certainly also not a rare experience and although specific data is hard do pinpoint due to limitations in survey (census) data, it is important to look at how the relocation experience can change an adolescent’s experience and provide further topics for analysis. There is a variety of research that looks at the effects of relocation on adolescents. The literature suggests that those who relocate frequently are different from their non mobile peers in their relationships in stress, psychological health, rates of
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