ERIC Number: ED161176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Leaving Home: Family Relationships of the Runaway.
Gullotta, Thomas P.
Presented at the University of Arizona's Symposium on "Families and Adolescents--Towards a Practical Understanding" in 1978, the paper puts forth a conceptual model of understanding which explains the breakdown of family structure as it pertains to children running away. A brief historical perspective of the phenomenon of running away is given, and the term is defined in such a way as to put some of the onus of responsibility on the parents of the child. Characteristics of runaways/throwaways and their families are reviewed. An exploratory model of the family relationships of such children is presented and includes the following conclusions: the family relationships of the runaway child are characterized by communication weaknesses that are temporary in nature and have a good clinical prognosis with proper intervention; while those of the throwaway child involve a breakdown of the fabric of the family and of family bonds, and are more serious. (DLS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Symposium, "Families and Adolescents: Towards a Practical Understanding"; The paper also appeared in an issue of Social Casework, Family Service Association of America, 44 E. 23rd Street, New York, New York 10010