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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2009 Jan;14(1):41-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00174.x.

A novel, intensive home-visiting intervention for runaway, sexually exploited girls.

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Midwest Children's Resource Center, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Few studies have examined interventions that help adolescents who run away. This study both describes a home-visiting intervention program for young, sexually assaulted runaways (10-14 years old) and provides preliminary outcomes from the first 20 female participants.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Using a strengths-based approach, advanced practice nurses provided frequent home and school visits and case management, and assisted girls to access an empowerment group over a 1-year period.

RESULTS:

Teens' risk behaviors decreased, including truancy, runaway episodes, sexually transmitted infections, and substance use.

CONCLUSIONS:

Preliminary results suggest that this is an effective intervention for reducing risk behaviors and helping younger runaways reconnect to school and family.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Client-centered interventions in community settings can address the complex health needs of vulnerable young runaways.

PMID:
19161574
PMCID:
PMC2874576
DOI:
10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00174.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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