THE BIG MOVE: Relocating a Family

THE BIG MOVE:  Relocating a Family

Moving jobs, moving house, moving countries, moving family, moving children, moving schools = The Big Move. Here are some important psychological signs to look out for in your family relationships prior to or following a family relocation.


  • The family is an emotional system and dynamics will change on relocation
  • Children will feel temporarily insecure and can develop chronic anxiety
  • Adolescents may resent or oppose a move, and feel angry about it
  • Anxiety and anger can manifest in a variety of ways
  • The “at home” parent may feel overloaded with their children/teenagers’ negative reactions and behaviours
  • Couples can become emotionally distanced from each other
  • “ Problems” at school ” may reveal other learning difficulties
  • Problems at school may reflect/mirror emotional disturbances at home
  • A spouse may become unhappy about the move
  • Couples can become split and partnerships de-stabilised


The important issue is to take early action on these problems. Working with a team of psychologists experienced in relocation, will help the emotional education of family members prior to and during a relocation period. These professionals follow client families from the beginning of their assignment right through to their repatriation, advising and supporting them, in managing the challenges of their transition from one culture and country to another. By following them through to their eventual repatriation, assignment failures can be significantly reduced, importantly families can be assisted in maximizing continuing assignment success.

  • On average we estimate each “assignment failure” costs an employer between 100K
  • The overall cost of a typical family relocation service is 4-6K
  • Professional services can reduce assignment failure by up to 80%



Simon Dermody: Clinical Director

Family Wellbeing and Relocations


THE BIG MOVE:  Relocating a Family