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NCJ Number: 134146 Find in a Library
Title: Youth and Exploitation: A Process Leading to Running Away, Violence, Substance Abuse and Suicide
Author(s): A W McEvoy; E L Erickson
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 136
Sponsoring Agency: Learning Publications, Inc
Holmes Beach, FL 34218-6651
Publication Number: ISBN I-55691-042-8
Sale Source: Learning Publications, Inc
Marketing Manager
P.O. Box 1338
5351 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34218-6651
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines the dynamics and effects of multiple exploitations during childhood, effects that can include running away, substance abuse, and suicide.
Abstract: The opening chapter reviews the perils of adolescence as it notes that of all age groups, teenagers face the highest risk of being maimed, sexually assaulted, emotionally terrorized, or otherwise harmed because of someone's selfishness. Many are killed, and many more are physically and emotionally impaired by exploitive parents or peers. The second chapter describes the behaviors of exploitive parents across a broad range of psychological and physical abuse. A separate chapter covers incest as a special form of exploitation. A chapter that examines how victims of exploitation feel identifies some common emotional and behavioral outcomes of their victimization, notably feelings of denial, violation, insecurity, distrust, powerlessness, moral confusion, limited communication skills, psychological isolation, and the sense of being in a state of victimization. A chapter covers the ways peers may exploit one another followed by a series of chapters on some of the escape behaviors of exploited adolescents: substance abuse, running away, and suicide. The final chapter discusses ways to reduce exploitation of children and adolescents. It focuses on child protection services; law; law enforcement; and education that teaches all youth the knowledge, values, and skills that reduce the likelihood of their becoming abusers. A 120-item bibliography and a list of resources
Main Term(s): Child abuse as delinquency factor
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Incest; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile suicide; Runaways
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