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NCJ Number: 168598 Find in a Library
Title: Street Life: Aggravated and Sexual Assaults Among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents
Journal: Youth and Society  Volume:28  Issue:3  Dated:(March 1997)  Pages:267-290
Author(s): N E Terrell
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50010
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined aggravated and sexual assault victimizations among 240 runaway and homeless adolescents in Des Moines, Iowa.
Abstract: Unlike previous research studies on homeless and runaway adolescents that used small samples, limiting these samples to persons in youth shelters or to the use of clinical data, the current study contacted homeless and runaway adolescents where they congregated and lived. Study instruments and interviews solicited information on parental physical abuse, parental sexual abuse, deviant peers, length of time away from home, deviant subsistence strategies, aggravated assault victimization, and sexual assault victimization. A social learning approach to victimization was used to show that deviant behavior among adolescents directly relates to coercive, aggressive, harsh, and abusive parental behavior. The results partially support the proposition that homeless and runaway adolescents are at risk of life-threatening situations on the streets (aggravated and sexual assaults) due to aggressive and abusive parents. In addition, there are strong indications that the street life of homeless and runaway adolescents has significant impacts on the probability that they will become assaulted aggravatedly and/or sexually. Policy implications are discussed. 8 tables and 51 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Homeless children; Iowa; Runaways; Sexual assault
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