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ERIC Number: ED510506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
On the Lifetime Prevalence of Running Away from Home
Pergamit, Michael R.
Urban Institute (NJ1)
Nearly one in five U.S. youths will run away from home before age 18. Almost 30 percent of these youth will do so three or more times, greatly increasing their risk of violence, crime, drugs, prostitution, STDs, and many other problems. Employing new methodology to yield estimates not available elsewhere, this paper follows a nationally representative sample of 12-year olds through their 18th birthday to discover how many youth run away from home, the number of times they ran away, and the age they first run away. Female and black youth are found to run away the most often. Specifically, this paper exploits a useful data set, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 cohort (NLSY97), to develop three measures not generally found in the literature. First, it estimates the percentage of youth who run away from home before the age of 18, that is, "lifetime" prevalence. Second, it estimates the distribution of the number of times youth run away before age 18, and finally, it estimates the age at which these youth first run away. In then reviews the various estimates of runaway incidence. After describing the NLSY97 data set, it presents estimates of the percentage of youth who have ever run away, the number of times they've run away, and the age at which they first ran away. Finally it then concludes with a discussion of how these estimates help inform about runaway behavior. (Contains 3 tables and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth