Unaccompanied Youth: Fast Facts
In this Fact Sheet, the authors present statistics about unaccompanied youth in the United States. They begin with data on the incidence of youth homelessness, including information about where they stay and homelessness by age group. The authors then present demographic characteristics of homeless and runaway youth. Following these overview categories, the authors identify factors that youth identify as causing their homelessness, the most common of which is physical or sexual abuse at home, and the second most common of which is the youth's substance abuse/drug dependency. Because of these causal factors, the authors then present statistics on the abuse history of unaccompanied youth as well as mental health problems and disorders (including alcohol and drug use/abuse). The authors also include statistics on sexual exploitation experiences, and HIV/AIDS infection. They conclude by identifying short- and long-term consequences of youth homelessness.