A call log was completed by a trained hotline volunteer (liner) or staff member for each call made to NRS that involved crisis intervention. Data from these call logs were compiled into a central electronic database, and all personal identifiers were stripped from the data prior to analysis. Research questions and methods of analysis are summarized below:
- What are demographic characteristics of help-seeking youth callers to NRS? Frequency analysis was used to describe the demographic characteristics of help-seeking youth callers. The resulting data described the number of occurrences for the following variables: age; gender; status of the individual as a runaway, throwaway, or homeless youth; location of the youth at the time of the call; whether the youth had crossed state lines, and if so, the state of origin; length of time away from home; and number of prior runaway or homeless experiences.
- What risk issues are frequently identified by help-seeking youth callers to NRS? Frequency analysis was used to describe problem issues or risk factors identified by youth callers as prompting or preceding their call to NRS.
- Are certain problems associated with street youth or non-street youth status? Based on the results of the frequency analysis utilized for Research Question 3, certain risk factors were identified that substantially differentiated between street youth and non-street youth groups. To examine the associations between these risk factors and street youth status, logistic regression analysis was used.
- Does number/type of risk issues help predict repeat running? Correlational and logistic regression analyses were used to describe the relationships between increases in recidivism of running behavior and the type and number of issues identified by the youth as prompting help-seeking behavior.