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J Adolesc Health. 2006 Nov;39(5):778-81. Epub 2006 Jul 10.

Who runs? A demographic profile of runaway youth in the United States.

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Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Cary, North Carolina 27514, USA.


Prevention and treatment programs for runaways have been hindered by an inadequate population profile. Using Add Health data to determine 12-month prevalence and demographic predictors of running away, we found that over 6% of youths reported running away. Running was predicted by biological gender, age, region, urbanicity, and family structure.

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