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NCJ Number: 228788 Find in a Library
Title: Meaning of Running Away for Girls
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:10  Dated:October 2009  Pages:739-749
Author(s): Einat Peled; Ayelet Cohavi
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 11
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study sought to better understand the meaning of running away from home for adolescent girls.
Abstract: Adolescent girls' decision to runaway was not sudden, nor was it a reaction to a single event; rather it was the outcome of a process lasting many months and sometimes even years. Girls perceived running away as a weakness and failure. Yet, their stories demonstrate their ability to cope and the possession of strengths and skills for survival. Despite the significant research on runaway youth in recent decades, few attempts have been made to describe and explain the particular experience of runaway girls. Also, little attention has been devoted to the subjective meaning that running away has for the youth themselves. The intent of this study was to deepen the understanding of the meaning of running away for girls, and how runaway girls perceive the processes involved in leaving home and the meaning they attribute to it. References
Main Term(s): Adolescent females
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescents at risk; Juvenile status offenders; Juvenile status offenses; Perception; Programs for runaways; Runaways
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