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Title: Physical and Sexual Abuse in Runaway Youths
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:13  Issue:3  Dated:(1989)  Pages:417-426
Author(s): A R Stiffman
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the physical and sexual abuse of runaways and associates that abuse to resulting behavior, mental health, life events, and parental mental health.
Abstract: Of the 291 runaways who sought refuse in shelters, almost half had a history of physical or sexual abuse. These results demonstrate the need for these youths and their families to obtain mental health services. One in five nonabused youths and one in three abused youths endorsed parental descriptions which reflect antisocial personalities and/or drug problems. In addition, abused runaways exhibited clinically significant behavior problems. Analyses indicate that the existence of physical or sexual abuse impacts on self-esteem and overall behavior problems regardless of other family problems. 39 references, 7 tables. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Runaways
Index Term(s): Abused-nonabused child comparisons; Problem behavior; Sexually abused adolescents
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