Homelessness, Frequent Moves Affect How Kids Do in School10/30/12
TUESDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are homeless
or move frequently do worse in certain school subjects than
children who have more stable home settings, according to a new
About 1 million children in the United States are homeless and
many more are believed to move frequently, according to the
researchers, who looked at more than 26,000 public school students
Overall, children who were homeless at some time during the
six-year study or moved often (three or more moves in a year) had
consistently lower math and reading skills in elementary and middle
school than other students.
These differences either stayed the same or grew worse as
students approached high school, according to the study, which will
appear Oct. 30 in the journal
Within the group of children who were homeless or moved
frequently, however, there was a wide variation in reading and math
skills, with 45 percent scoring within the average range or
This suggests that many children who are homeless or move
frequently still have what the researchers called "academic
resilience." Understanding how these students can still do well may
offer clues for helping other students who struggle in school,
study lead author J.J. Cutuli, a researcher at the University of
Pennsylvania, said in a journal news release.
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