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Runaway Youth: Caring for the Nation’s Largest Segment of Missing Children

Authors
Gambon, T.B., Gerwirtz, J.R.
Type new
Journal Article
Year published new
2020
Organization

American Academy of Pediatrics

Journal Name

Pediatrics

Volume new
145
Abstract

This article discusses the role pediatricians and other health care professionals have in supporting runaway youth, addressing their unique health needs, fostering positive relationships within their families and with other supportive adults, and connecting them with available community resources. This report provides clinical guidance for pediatricians and other health care professionals regarding (1) the identification of adolescents who are at risk for running away or being thrown away and (2) the management of the unique medical, mental health, and social needs of these youth. The authors contend that pediatricians can significantly reduce risk and improve long-term outcomes for runaway youth in partnership with national, state, and local resources. (author abstract modified)

Availability
Accession number
25880
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No