Running Away

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame published a study in the August 2007 issues of Scientific America and Teen Beat magazines which indicates as many as 30 percent of current American teenagers are upset enough with their home situation to have seriously considered running away from home during the last 18 months. According to the National Runaway Switchboard, 1 in 7 kids between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away. There are an estimated 1 to 3 million runaway and homeless kids living on the streets in the U.S. These are alarmingly large numbers. Teens may think by running away they can escape rules and conflict with parents who are "always telling them what to do." However, teens that run away or consistently break curfew are much more likely to be involved in drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity and dangerous crime. If your teen is consistently breaking curfew or has run away, it is very likely they are getting involved in a destructive lifestyle. The programs in our directory can help your teen develop skills that will enable them to cope with the stress and problems of life.

The Academy of Pediatrics (in the journal Pediatrics, March 2005) indicates attempts at running away may also signal drug use.

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