Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research. Characteristics of Help-Seeking Street Youth and Non-Street Youth. Participants


Participants included youth callers, ranging from under 12 to 21 years of age, who contacted the National Runaway Switchboard from January 2000 to December 2005 for assistance with personal crisis issues (N=30,266). To avoid using duplicate information and maintain a sample of unique cases, we excluded data for youth who stated that they had previously contacted NRS for assistance (N=4,375). Included in the street youth category (n=14,865) were callers who were classified as runaways (n=11,299), homeless youth (n=1,968), or throwaways (n=1,598). Included in the non-street youth category were callers who were identified as contemplating running away (n=5,136) or who called in with a general crisis issue unrelated to street youth status (n=9,983).

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