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NCJ Number: 206179 Find in a Library
Title: National Estimates of Missing Children: Selected Trends, 1988-1999
Series: OJJDP NISMART Series
Author(s): Heather Hammer; David Finkelhor; Andrea J. Sedlak; Lorraine E. Porcellini
Corporate Author: Temple University
Institute for Survey Research
United States of America
Date Published: December 2004
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Grant Number: 95-MC-CX-K004
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on surveys of households, juvenile residential facilities, and law enforcement agencies, this report highlights trends from 1988 to 1999 of missing children.
Abstract: Understanding how many children become missing throughout the United States and why is an important step in addressing the problem of missing children. This report presents a summary of select findings from the Second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-2) and the previous NISMART-1. The analysis examined trends in the incidence of family abduction victims, runaways, and children classified as lost, injured, or otherwise missing from 1988 to 1999 with positive results. The analysis offered evidence of significant declines in incidence rates for children who experienced broad scope family abduction episodes and lost, injured, or otherwise missing episodes, as well as some evidence of declines in incidence rates for children who experienced broad scope runaway episodes and policy focal lost, injured, or otherwise missing episodes. The most important finding was the absence of increases in any of these problems. In addition, during this time period, significant mobilization on behalf of missing children was seen. Law enforcement officers received special training and public awareness grew as a result of media coverage and the dissemination of educational programs to schools and families. References
Main Term(s): Missing children
Index Term(s): Child Abduction; Child victims; Crime analysis; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); Runaways; Surveys; Trend analysis; Victimization surveys
Note: OJJDP NISMART Bulletin Series, December 2004
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