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Professor Swaran Singh leads study on the link between school moves and psychosis

Professor Swaran Singh, one of the Trust’s leading consultant psychiatrists, has recently led a study by Warwick Medical School into the link between multiple childhood school moves and the risk of psychotic symptoms in early adolescence.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, found that the children who had moved school three or more times were 60% more likely to show at least one definite psychotic symptom. The study also suggests that moving schools often may lead to feelings of low self-esteem and a sense of social defeat.

His team reached its conclusion after analysing school mobility data for more than 6,000 students who had been assessed aged 12 for psychotic symptoms that also included thought interference.

Experiencing such effects at a young age is strongly associated with suicide and mental health problems as an adult.

Professor Singh said: “Our study found that the process of moving schools may itself increase the risk of psychotic symptoms - independent of other factors. But additionally, being involved in bullying, sometimes as a consequence of repeated school moves, may exacerbate risk for the individual.”

You can read the full paper by clicking here.
Prof Singh
Professor Swaran Singh