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May 12, 1975

Runaway Children

JAMA. 1975;232(6):651-652. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250060043027

ADOLESCENTS and children are running away from home, hitting the road, living on the street, more than ever before. Evidence of this has been brought out before the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and confirmed by the experience of private agencies and studies such as that of the Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth.

It is not a new thing for young persons to run away from home. In years past, some ran away to make their fortune, some to find work, some because of family crisis. A 17th century example is that of one John Dane, a young Englishman whose father "toke a stick and basted me... [when] I went to a dansing scoll to larne to dans." John took off for New England, where after a time "he was joined by his parents and reconciled to them" (Bremner R (ed): Children