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Title: New Categories of Missing Children: Injured, Lost, Delinquent and Victims of Caretaker Mixups
Author(s): D Finkelhor; N Asdigian; G Hotaling
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
University of New Hampshire, Family Research Laboratory
Durham, NH 03824
Contract Number: 92-MC-CX-0017
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines cases of missing children identified in a national survey of 10,544 households that did not fall into one of the federally defined categories of missing children (family abductions, stranger abductions, runaways, and thrownaways).
Abstract: Using both qualitative and quantitative procedures, the study proposes the existence of four additional categories of missing children: children missing because of injury and accident, children missing because of delinquent and rebellious behavior, children missing because they got lost, and children who appeared to be missing because of miscommunication among adult caretakers. Analysis of the family characteristics of children who had such episodes suggests that parental and family problems, particularly a parent's own history of trauma as a child and the presence of household stress, contribute to a vulnerability for all four types. The study concludes that policy regarding missing children needs to expand to include two of these groups at least: the injured and lost children. Moreover, these episodes, even when not long-lasting, should be viewed not as accidental occurrences, but as warnings that may mask other difficulties. Families that experience such episodes are likely to need other forms of assistance besides locating their missing children. 9 tables and 4 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Missing children; Victim profiles
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