Sensitive periods of moving on mental health and academic performance among university students

Ming LI, Wen-Qiao LI, Man Wai LI

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Moving within and across nations becomes a non-reversible increasing trend globally. The current research investigated the unique effect of residential mobility at different developmental stages (i.e., early childhood, late childhood, and adolescence) on university students' mental health and academic performance. In addition, we investigated the role of two different types of coping resources, i.e., resilience and family income, in moderating the negative effect of residential mobility. The data from 3753 first-year university students revealed that: (1) residential mobility in late childhood and adolescence (but not in early childhood) predicted poorer mental health among university students; (2) high resilience and higher family income alleviated the association of residential mobility in adolescence and mental health status; and (3) residential mobility in adolescence (but not in early childhood and late childhood) was associated with poorer academic performance but this pattern was not moderated by resilience or family income. The theoretical implications and practical implications of these findings were discussed. Copyright © 2019 Li, Li and Li.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1289
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


Population Dynamics
Mental Health
Health Status


Li, M., Li, W.-Q., & Li, L. M. W. (2019). Sensitive periods of moving on mental health and academic performance among university students. Frontiers in Psychology, 10. Retrieved from


  • Residential mobility
  • Mental health
  • Resilience
  • Income
  • Academic performance
  • Sensitive periods