ERIC Number: ED309840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Emancipation, Abdication, and Running Away: A Longitudinal Perspective.
Cairns, Beverley D.
The paper reports the results of preliminary analyses of longitudinal data on legally and functionally emancipated children in North Carolina. In North Carolina, children legally achieve emancipation through judicial order, by joining the military, or through marriage. Functionally emancipated children include minor children who live outside the family. The discussion describes characteristics of the sample of 695 children, who were grouped in two cohorts. One cohort began to be tracked when children were in the fourth grade and the other when the children were in the seventh grade. Four categories of functional emancipation are identified; these are based primarily on the living arrangements that subjects formed, outside their original families: with a boyfriend or girlfriend, with a same-age friend, with foster parents or in county homes, or with another relative. About 12 percent of subjects were emancipated in one form or another before they were 18 years old. Findings indicated that these children were less prepared for living on their own than were children who remained at home. In the seventh grade, emancipated girls in particular differed from their peers in socioeconimic status, race, and aggressive behaviors. Excerpts from interviews characterize youth pressured to, or wanting to, leave home, and chaotic family conditions reflecting abdication, rejection, and longing. Descriptive data on runaways is briefly discussed. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina