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Data on runaways.

Urban Institute

The Urban Institute released a report by Michael R. Pergamit titled "On the Lifetime Prevalence of Running Away from Home." The paper presents data from a National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY97) to explore the "lifetime prevalence" or the percentage of youth who ever run away from home, number of runaway episodes and the age at which they first run away.


Research indicates that nearly one in five youth runs away before age 18, although their experiences tend to be episodic rather than chronic. Using the NLSY97, Pergamit followed 1,168 youth who were 12 years old in 1997 and observed any runaway occurrences that they might have experienced through age 18. The study also shows higher rates of running away among female and black youth. Exploring these data further will assist researchers and professionals in better understanding the causes and consequences of youth running away from home. This report can be located at

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Title Annotation:noted studies
Publication:Policy & Practice
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2010
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