Our Runaway and Homeless Youth: A Guide to Understanding

Our Runaway and Homeless Youth: A Guide to Understanding

Our Runaway and Homeless Youth: A Guide to Understanding

Our Runaway and Homeless Youth: A Guide to Understanding

Synopsis

"The stories of four runaway youths illustrate key points in this summary of information about runaway and homeless children and teenagers. In addition to describing the breadth of the problem, this book explains different types of runaway and homeless youths, why they leave home - voluntarily or because they are asked - what factors are common to the children and their families, and what happens to the youths after they have left. Slesnick, a clinical psychologist, notes that there are few resources and programs specifically designed to help families with runaway youths. This book provides direction and support for parents in need of assistance. Told by a parent and three runaways themselves, the stories of four people trying to understand the causes and cope with the aftermath of running away serve to illustrate research results and major issues. This work will be of interest not only to parents of runaways and mental health professionals, but also to students in adolescent psychology, family psychology, and clinical child psychology." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Our children hold the future in their hands. Some of those children have ice-cold hands, and their own futures do not look bright. These children would prefer to throw their futures away rather than maintain the rules and expectations set for them by their families and others. Some of them are prisoners of their past, unable to escape from their pain. Their futures are not what they wish to hold, and many become troubled adults.

If you are reading this book, you are not seeking entertainment, but information. Perhaps you are the parent of a child who has left home or who is threatening to leave. As a parent, you would like to know more about what you can do to keep your child in the home. Or perhaps you are in the helping profession, and you would like to know more about why children run from home, who these children are, and what happens when they leave. Perhaps you already work with runaways or street youth and want to compare notes. Or, you might just be curious about the lives of street youth. Hopefully, after reading this book you will come away with the sense that all is not hopeless or bleak. Granted, youth homelessness is not a cheery topic. But, the human spirit is strong, as is the drive to connect. Luckily, much healing occurs in the process of connecting with another person.

This book is organized into two sections. Part I is entitled [About Runaway and Homeless Youth.] The chapters describe what a runaway is, why children leave home, what such children and their families are like, and what happens to children once they leave home. At the ends of chapters 2 . . .

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