ERIC Number: ED296228
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Running Away from Home: A Response to Adolescent Maltreatment.
Powers, Jane Levine; And Others
Although research has established a linkage between maltreatment and running away, there have been few in-depth investigations of this phenomenon. This study was conducted to: (1) describe the nature of maltreatment among runaway and homeless youth; (2) provide a profile of their family and demographic characteristics; (3) examine how maltreated runaway and homeless youth differ from the runaway and homeless youth population at large; and (4) present behavioral indicators of adolescent maltreatment to assist with the uncovering of maltreatment among troubled youth. Data were derived from the Statewide Teamwork for Abused Runaways (STAR) project, a federal research and demonstration project designed to strengthen services to runaway and homeless youth and their families. Subjects included 223 abused and neglected youth who sought services from nine runaway and homeless youth programs in New York. A questionnaire on the nature of maltreatment, youth and family characteristics, and the runaway program's experience with child protective services, and the Youth Information Form were completed by project staff when services were terminated. Youth were not directly interviewed with the instruments. The results revealed that, compared to runaways and homeless youth in general, the maltreated sample had a higher percentage of females, and a higher percentage of Black and Hispanic program users. Maltreatment was the primary reason most of the maltreated subjects sought help from the project. The results of the study affirm the importance of identifying maltreatment among runaway and homeless youth. (Thirty-five references are provided.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (2nd, Alexandria, VA, March 25-27, 1988).