Author(s): Powers JL, Eckenrode J, Jaklitsch B, Powers JL, Eckenrode J, Jaklitsch B
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Abstract A sample of 223 adolescents who sought services from runaway and homeless youth programs in New York State during 1986-1987 was identified as having a history of maltreatment. A demographic profile is presented and the nature of their maltreatment described. The majority of these youth were female and between 15-16 years of age. Less than 25\% came from intact families and one-third were born to single mothers. Of the sample, 60\% had allegedly experienced physical abuse, 42\% emotional abuse, 48\% neglect, and 21\% sexual abuse. Over one-third were "pushed out" of their homes by their families. Biological mothers were the most frequently cited perpetrators of maltreatment (63\%), followed by biological fathers (45\%). The sample of maltreated runaways is compared to both statewide and national samples of runaway and homeless youth with regard to their demographic characteristics and the problems they present to staff at intake (e.g., depression, substance abuse, etc.). Youth in the maltreated sample were more likely to be female and were more likely to have engaged in suicidal behavior. Otherwise, the maltreated runaways were not readily distinguished from the runaway and homeless youth population at large.
This article was published in Child Abuse Negl
and referenced in Tropical Medicine & Surgery