Proof Positivity: On The Science Beat

My Little Runaway

Reporting in the current edition of the Journal of Research on Adolescence, Norweeta G. Milburn, a research psychologist in the department of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and colleagues found that most homeless young people actually return home soon after they leave and, in terms of development as adolescents, are possibly less chronically troubled than their reputation may indicate.”

Apparently, the key to returning a runaway home is support.  Friends in school that are close just someone to talk to in general.  More than two- thirds of the runaways return home.  One- third of those who run away does have to do with some form of abuse in the home.

“Parents of adolescents who become long-term homeless often have a history of substance use and physical abuse that lessens their ability to parent effectively and increases the propensity for conflict,”

The mother of these children play an important role.   Support from the mother seems to urge homeless children back home.  This is a very good reason to build a strong relationship with your child when he/ she is young.

If you or someone you know is a runaway here is a site for you National Runaway Switchboard and their phone number  1-800-786-2929.

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