ERIC Number: ED159829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Runaway: Reality or Myth.
Gullotta, Thomas P.
The existence of subgroupings among runaways and whether or not there are particular characteristics that can be associated with the subgroups was investigated with 308 adolescents whose records were chosen from a runaway housing program. Ss referrals were reviewed and inventoried into three areas: runaways, castaways, and agency assists. Among findings were that of the 308 Ss studied only 30% met the National Center for Health Statistics definition for runaways (which involves leaving or staying away from home on purpose). The remainder were classified as either castaways (24% of the youth did not willingly leave home but were placed out of their homes by the parents and then reported as runaways by police or parents) or agency assists (46% were youth placed out of their home by an agency). The last two catagories suggest that parental abandonment and inadequate community aftercare facilities are a large part of the "runaway" problem. (PHR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Neglect, Community Services, Definitions, Delinquency, Demography, Family Problems, Individual Characteristics, Parent Child Relationship, Placement, Runaways, Social Agencies
Thomas P. Gullotta, Glastonbury Youth Services, 321 Hubbard Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut 06033 (Free)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children (Washington, D.C., November, 1977)