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NCJ Number: 206180 Find in a Library
Title: National Estimates of Children Missing Involuntarily or for Benign Reasons
Series: OJJDP NISMART Series
Author(s): Andrea J. Sedlak; David Finkelhor; Heather Hammer
Date Published: July 2005
Page Count: 12
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
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: This bulletin presents data on the numbers and characteristics of two groups of children not often mentioned in the literature on missing children: those involuntarily missing because they were lost, injured, or stranded and those missing for benign reasons.
Abstract: The data presented were obtained from two components of the Second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-2): the National Household Survey of Adult Caretakers and the National Household Survey of Youth. These surveys were conducted during 1999 and reflect the experiences of children in the United States over a 12-month period. The data indicate that in 1999 an estimated 204,500 children were involuntarily missing from their caretakers because they were lost, injured, or stranded; 68,100 of these children were reported to authorities for assistance in locating them. An estimated 43,700 children were missing because they were injured, and 10,200 were reported to authorities. An estimated 340,500 children missing and reported to authorities were missing due to benign circumstances and miscommunications that resulted in no harm to the child. These children constituted 43 percent of the children reported missing in all categories. Children missing involuntarily because they were lost or injured were disproportionately White, male, and older. They disappeared most often in wooded areas or parks and from the company of their caretakers. Children missing as a result of benign circumstances and miscommunications were disproportionately teens who failed to come home or were gone from home longer than expected. 4 tables and 5 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Missing children; OJJDP grant-related documents; Statistics
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