Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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1 online resource (108 p.)


Runaway teenagers -- Oregon, Social work with youth -- Oregon, Youth -- Institutional care -- Oregon




The purposes of this study were: (1) to examine a select sample of both runaways and nonrunaways at six Oregon residential treatment facilities; (2) to determine the amount and type of preplacement visitation and counseling done within these agencies; (3) to determine the effect preplacement visitation and counseling has upon the studied sample of runaways and nonrunaways in decreasing or controlling the number of runs from the agencies involved; and (4) to determine significant characteristics between runaway and nonrunaway populations.

Testing materials included a two-part questionnaire, part of which was developed with girls from one of the participating agencies.

Running, which today is looked upon as a status offense, is costly in the effect it has upon the mind and emotions of the young runners, as well as the effect it has upon the budgets of the agencies involved. Running from a residential treatment program is also disruptive to the treatment plan which has been set up for that particular youth.

The work which has been done to date in this area is sketchy and incomplete. It does not clearly tell us whether or not preplacement counseling actually reduces the desire to run and helps to create a more comfortable atmosphere for the teen-ager.

Our sample consisted of both runners and a random sample of nonrunners from the participating agencies for the month of October.


A report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University.

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