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ERIC Number: EJ869686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1074-2956
Understanding and Preventing Runaway Behavior: Indicators and Strategies for Teachers
Rafferty, Lisa A.; Raimondi, Sharon
Beyond Behavior, v18 n3 p19-25 Spr 2009
Runaway behavior is a national epidemic that affects many school-aged youths. Although there are no definitive numbers, it has been estimated that between 1.3 and 2.8 million youths run away each year, and youths with disabilities are more at risk for engaging in runaway behavior than their nondisabled peers. Considering the high number of youths who run away and the negative educational factors these youths often experience, this is an issue of which all school personnel should be aware, especially those who serve youths with disabilities. In addition, the presence of a disability and negative school experiences are good predictors of youths at risk for runaway behavior. This article presents some common characteristics of youths at risk for runaway behavior that educators should look for to help them identify youths at risk for engaging in runaway behavior. Two coping strategies that educators can teach youths as proactive measures to possibly prevent runaway behavior are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. Council for Exceptional Children, 1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 612-276-0140; Fax: 612-276-0142; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A