ERIC Number: ED398522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Youth with Runaway, Throwaway, and Homeless Experiences...Prevalence, Drug Use, and Other At-Risk Behaviors. A FYSB Research Summary.
Johnson, Bassin, and Shaw, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Professionals who work with runaway, throwaway, and homeless youth have long known that many of these young people leave home to escape abusive and/or destructive family situations. This update presents the findings of a national study on such children. Results of the study, "Youth with Runaway, Throwaway, and Homeless Experiences: Prevalence, Drug Use, and Other At-Risk Behaviors," suggest that many so-called "runaways" are misnamed. More than half of the youth in street shelters or on the street reported that and adult caretaker either told them to leave or knew they were leaving and did not care. Researchers examined youth in shelters, street youth, youth placement in institutional settings, and youth in households. Data suggest that familial substance abuse, poverty, suicide, and difficulty meeting basic needs afflicted most of these young people. Other problems included victimization, delinquency, and unprotected sexual activity. Although these youth need help making a successful transition to adulthood, many of them do not have access to, or are not utilizing, such assistance, with the exception of health care services. Some of the recommendations made here include educating the public, substance abuse prevention and treatment, outreach and coordination of support services, prenatal care for pregnant teens, and greater access to transitional living program services. Some of the study's strengths and limitations are also discussed. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Family and Youth Services Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Johnson, Bassin, and Shaw, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.