A youth who runs away does so for one or more reasons. The reality of family life is often far from idyllic.


Behavior or situation of a parent or guardian:

(1) physical abuse

(2) sexual abuse

(3) neglect

(4) emotional abuse

(5) rejection

(6) throwing the youth for no particularly good reason (“throwaway”)

(7) drug and/or alcohol abuse

(8) extreme poverty

(9) mental illness


The experience of bad behavior from a parent or guardian may make it easier for a runaway youth to accept that bad behavior from others.


Behavior of the youth:

(1) drug and/or alcohol abuse

(2) mental illness

(3) criminality

(4) unmanageable or unacceptable behavior


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