In the article “When families move, high school students may suffer,” at The Conversation, Professor Courtney Anderson and co-author Constance Lindsay share the results of their research, “Residential mobility during adolescence: Do even ‘upward’ moves predict dropout risk?” in the journal Social Science Research. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, they examined the impact of moving while in high school on educational outcomes. Contrary to policies that encourage mobility of low-income families residing in poor neighborhoods, they found that moving during this critical developmental milestone is associated with negative educational outcomes, such as lower likelihood of receiving a diploma, even when the mobility is upward, from a poorer neighborhood to a less-poor one. “The patterns and associations found in the analyses should make us all pause,” they conclude. “The fact is that moving can be tough for kids.”
Courtney Anderson is an assistant professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law and a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. Her research is focused on preserving affordable housing and eradicating the disparities in low-income and minority communities that exacerbate health issues.