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NCJ Number: 114652 Find in a Library
Title: Juveniles on the Run: The Consequences (From Missing Persons, P 131-145, 1988, Bruce Swanton, et al, eds. -See NCJ-114651)
Author(s): R Lincoln; P Wilson
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
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Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Based on two major Australian studies and other work done in Australia and other countries, this chapter presents the characteristics of and a typology of runaway children as the basis for discussing their behaviors and prevention methods.
Abstract: One Australian study, conducted in 1982 by Robyn Lincoln and Paul Wilson, surveyed 120 juveniles in Queensland and Western Australia contacted through service agencies that serve runaways. The survey solicited information on the juveniles' behaviors and experiences. The second study, performed in 1985 by the same researchers as the first study, involved detailed case studies of 36 'street kids.' Between one-third and one-half of runaways admitted to committing crimes to survive on the streets. Heroin addiction was common as was the use of other drugs. Male and female prostitution were other survival behaviors. Many were involved in violence, either committed by them or against them. Suicidal behavior was generally a culmination of the other destructive behaviors identified. The typologies of runaways were those bored with their home life, those unable to endure major family problems, absconders from juvenile institutions, and those who ran away from home as a solution to an immediate personal crisis. Improved services and economic options for runaways are suggested by the findings.
Main Term(s): Runaways
Index Term(s): Juvenile crime patterns; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile prostitution; Juvenile suicide; Underage Drinking
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