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Pub. Type Report
Title Returned Runaway Study Methodology
Author(s) Hotaling, Gerald T.
Subtitle/Series Name National Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART)
Pub. Date n.d.
Abstract The NISMART studies were mandated by Congress to provide reliable national estimates of the number of children who became missing in the course of a year, and the proportion who were recovered. There were six major components to the NISMART study: (1) Random Digit Dial telephone survey; (2) Police Agency Records Study; (3) reanalysis of data from the Supplemental Homicide Reports of the FBI; (4) Returned Runaway Study; (5) Juvenile Residential Facility Study; and (6) supplementary analysis of selected data from the National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect. Five categories of missing child cases were developed: (1) family abductions; (2) non-family abductions; (3) thrownaways; (4) runaways; and (5) children who were lost, injured or missing for some other reason. The Returned Runaway Study was primarily a methodological study checking a possible limitation of the Random Digit Dial telephone survey of over 30,000 households. This report reviews the design and approach of the Returned Runaway Study; instrument development; training of interviewers; and data collection, coding, and processing. Tables, appendixes source
Issue/No. NCJ 152955
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