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NCJ Number: NCJ 196469     Find in a Library
Title: Runaway/Thrownaway Children: National Estimates and Characteristics
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Author(s): Heather Hammer ; David Finkelhor ; Andrea J. Sedlak
Date Published: 10/2002
Page Count: 12
  Series: OJJDP NISMART Series
  Annotation: This bulletin provides information on the number and characteristics of children who are gone from their homes either because they have run away or have been "thrown out" by their caretakers.
Abstract: The estimates presented were derived from three components of the second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-2): the National Household Survey of Adult Caretakers, the National Household Survey of Youth, and the Juvenile Facilities Study. The NISMART-2 studies covered the years 1997 to 1999. Because the majority of cases were from the studies conducted in 1999, the annual period used in this bulletin was 1999. In 1999 an estimated 1,682,900 youth had a runaway/thrownaway episode. Of these youth, 37 percent were missing from their caretakers, and 21 percent were reported to authorities for purposes of locating them. Of the total runaway/thrownaway youth, an estimated 1,190,900 (71 percent) could have been endangered during their runaway/thrownaway episode by virtue of factors such as substance dependency, use of hard drugs, sexual or physical abuse, presence in a place where criminal activity was occurring, or extremely young age (13 years old or younger). Two-thirds of the youth with runaway/thrownaway episodes during 1999 were between the ages of 15 and 17. There is suggestive evidence that the runaway problem may have been smaller in 1999 than in 1988. 5 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Runaways ; Missing children ; OJJDP grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 95-MC-CX-K004
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
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United States of America
Type: Survey ; Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: NISMART Bulletin Series, October 2002
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