"Further, the key appears to be that a family intervention, no matter how brief, can improve the chances that new runaways will go home and stay home."
"Most research has focused on the one-third of adolescents who chronically run away. A frequent cause of that, Milburn said, is indeed family abuse."
And particularly key was support from their mothers. "The importance of a supportive mother is striking and appears to be especially influential for the teen," Milburn said. "A majority of the newly homeless adolescents in this sample reported having a mother from whom they could receive emotional support."
Most important of all, though, said Milburn, is early intervention, "before family relationships deteriorate and negative peer influences take hold."
I find that this is an interesting study and I'd like to see more done like it. It is heartening to see that the family and strong bonds with parents are key to keeping teens at home.
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