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Am J Public Health. 1988 Jul;78(7):820-1.

A risk profile comparison of runaway and non-runaway youth.

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Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA 90054.

Abstract

All initial visits (N = 765) to an outpatient medical clinic during calendar year 1985 were analyzed. Six hundred and fifty-five of these visits made by non-runaway youth were compared to 110 visits made by runaways. Based on data from the Childrens Hospital Adolescent Risk Profile Interview, runaway street youth are at greater risk for a wide variety of medical problems and of health-compromising behaviors including suicide and depression, prostitution, and drug use. The implications for public health and social policy are discussed.

PMID:
3381958
PMCID:
PMC1350341
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.78.7.820
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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