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MAINZ//2011: 56. GMDS-Jahrestagung und 6. DGEpi-Jahrestagung

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie e. V.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Epidemiologie e. V.

26. - 29.09.2011 in Mainz

Residential mobility and behavioural problems in children: Results from the GINIplus and LISAplus studies

Meeting Abstract

  • Carla Tiesler - Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Institute of Epidemiology I (Neuherberg) and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, Munich
  • Matthias Birk - Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Epidemiology I, Neuherberg
  • Gabriele Kohlböck - Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Epidemiology I, Neuherberg
  • Sibylle Koletzko - Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, Munich
  • Carl-Peter Bauer - Technical University of Munich, Department of Pediatrics, Munich
  • H.-Erich Wichmann - Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg
  • Andrea von Berg - Marien-Hospital Wesel, Department of Pediatrics, Wesel
  • Dietrich Berdel - Marien-Hospital Wesel, Department of Pediatrics, Wesel
  • Ursula Krämer - IUF –– Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, Düsseldorf
  • Beate Schaaf - Medical Practice for Pediatrics, Bad Honnef
  • Irina Lehmann - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research –– UFZ, Department for Environmental Immunology, Leipzig
  • Olf Herbarth - University of Leipzig, Faculty of Medicine, Environmental Medicine and Hygiene, Leipzig
  • Joachim Heinrich - Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Epidemiology I, Neuherberg

Mainz//2011. 56. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie (gmds), 6. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Epidemiologie (DGEpi). Mainz, 26.-29.09.2011. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2011. Doc11gmds257

DOI: 10.3205/11gmds257, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-11gmds2576

Published: September 20, 2011

© 2011 Tiesler et al.
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Outline

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Objective: To investigate the influence of residential mobility during childhood measured by the frequency of moves, the age of the child at the time of the move and the total distance moved on the development of behavioural problems in school-age children.

Methods: Data (N=2933) of two German population-based, prospective birth cohort studies were used. Measurement of children’s residential mobility is based on the addresses at birth, 2, 6 and 10 years which were collected by questionnaires and subsequently geocoded. Behavioural outcomes were assessed using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire applied at 10 year follow-up. Multiple logistic regression analyses controlling for sex and age of the child, study centre, parental educational level, mother’s age at birth, single parent status and child’s time spent in front of a screen were applied.

Results: Children who have moved two or more times (odds ratio (OR) = 1.95, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.23-3.11), who moved at school age (OR=1.97, CI=1.17-3.31) or who moved more than 50km in total (OR=1.76, CI=1.03-3.00) showed a significantly increased risk for the development of behavioural problems measured by the total difficulties score compared to children who have never moved. Moving during early childhood and moving only short distance (less than 10km in total) were not associated with adverse behaviour.

Conclusions: Our data indicate that increased residential mobility during childhood and especially moves at school age may negatively affect children’s later behaviour.