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NCJ Number: 134534 Find in a Library
Title: Counting Youth in Trouble Living Away From Home: Recent Trends in Counting Problems
Author(s): P Lerman
Corporate Author: Florida Atlantic University
United States of America

University of Michigan
School of Social Work
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Atlantic University
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the available data and information sources regarding children living in detention homes, shelters, psychiatric hospitals, foster homes, drug treatment centers, and other out-of-home placements concludes that new strategies are needed to provide an accurate, unduplicated count of facilities and youth.
Abstract: The four national public agencies providing information on this subject are the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Office of Human Development Services, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Some of these data sources overlap. Five inexpensive ways to improve the data include speeding up the publication of existing surveys, expanding coverage by publishing State directories, improving the accuracy and quality of surveys, assessing the overlaps and double-counting, and initiating a biennial child welfare survey. Tables and 27 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile statistics
Index Term(s): Data integrity; Databases; Information collection; Juvenile detention rates; Juvenile residential treatment centers
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