Survey of Residential Facilities
In addition to households, researchers are telephoning an independent, random sample of 75 youth residential facilities and institutions in 30 counties to interview staff members about youth who have run away during the preceding year. Previous research indicates that running away from shelters, group homes, and other juvenile custody facilities is more common than running away from home. Moreover, these youth may be at greater risk of becoming involved in criminal activity or becoming victims of crime while on the run. Therefore, it is important to collect information on these runaway episodes from respondents who are likely to know the youth involved.