Journal article

School mobility during childhood predicts psychotic symptoms in late adolescence

Catherine Winsper, Dieter Wolke, Alex Bryson, Andrew Thompson, Swaran P Singh



BACKGROUND: Recently, school mobility was identified as a risk factor for psychotic symptoms in early adolescence. The extent to which this risk continues into late adolescence and the trajectories via which this risk manifests remain unexplored. METHODS: Psychotic symptoms in 4,720 adolescents aged 18 were ascertained by trained psychologists using the Psychosis-Like Symptoms Interview. Mothers reported on sociodemographic factors (i.e., family adversity, ethnicity and urbanicity) from pregnancy to 4 years; child's involvement in bullying at age 6-7 years; residential mobility at 11 years and school mobility at 11-12 years. Young people reported on their friendships at 8 years, and antisoci..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to all the families who took part in this study, the midwives for their help in recruiting them, and the whole ALSPAC team, which included interviewers, computer and laboratory technicians, clerical workers, research scientists, volunteers, managers, receptionists and nurses. They give special thanks to Andrea Waylen and Jeremy Horwood, who helped in the conduct of the study. The UK Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust (grant ref: 102215/2/13/2) and the University of Bristol provide core support for ALSPAC. This publication is the work of the authors, and C. W. and S.P.S. serve as guarantors for the contents of this article. The authors have declared that they have no conflicts of interest in relation to this work. S.P.S. receives funding from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) and is part funded by CLAHRC (Collaborations for leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) West Midlands. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the CLAHRC-WM collaborative organisations, the NIHR, or the Department of Health.