ERIC Number: ED395244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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A Descriptive Study of the Behavior and Personality Characteristics of Adolescent Runaways Using the Personality Inventory for Children.
Rohr, Michael E.
The phenomenon of adolescent runaway behavior is of critical concern to mental health professionals. Conceptualization, prediction, and treatment interventions are of extreme importance. This study sought to build upon prior research by using the Personality Inventory for Children (PIC). Previous research indicated that adolescent running away could be predicted with great accuracy. The current study extended the prior research by using a profile classification system (typology) as well as actuarial interpretive guidelines both associated with the PIC. The results indicated that the PIC classification system identified 93.4% of the runaway sample. In addition, this classification system had corresponding DSM-III tentative diagnoses associated with it. It was recommended that a more fruitful approach to conceptualizing the adolescent runaway and his/her family was to view it as emotional disturbance within the context of a dysfunctional family. It was further recommended that runaway programs use the PIC as a screening measure which would be useful for initial assessments, treatment interventions, and for referral purposes to other professionals when the adolescent and family left the runaway program. (Contains 54 references. Two figures and three tables present data and statistical analysis.) (Author/TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Personality Inventory for Children; University of Tennessee Memphis