ERIC Number: ED307061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Corporate Mobility: Effects on Children.
Stroh, Linda K.; Brett, Jeanne M.
This study investigated the effect of relocation on 309 children of randomly selected employees of 10 Fortune 500 corporations. Even through U.S. corporations transfer over 400,000 households annually, there is little research on the effects of such moves on employees' children. This study tested hypotheses drawn from child development theory regarding the effect of environmental stability on children's adjustment in the social, behavioral, school, physical health, and self-confidence domains. The study's longitudinal design made it possible to contrast the effect of a move and the effect of normal maturational changes on adjustment in each developmental domain. Results revealed no short-term negative effect of moving, and no negative effect of frequent moves. But the study did suggest that number of moves positively affected mobile children's behavioral adjustment and that fathers' well-being was an important predictor of mobile children's behavior. Findings supported the theoretical perspective that children who have coped well with prior environmental changes in a corporate relocation are best prepared to cope with subsequent relocations. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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