Saturday, 24 May 2008

Runaway avoids return

I have heard that some runaways will do almost anything to avoid being returned to their family.

The reason behind this emotion is perhaps hard to understand for many people who enjoy the “normal life.”

Runaways represent a unique population among adolescents; whether this is a cause or a consequence of running away is unknown. Studies have shown that runaways are less adjusted than their non-runaway peers, have lower achievement levels, are more frequently depressed, have poor family relations, and engage in more delinquent activities (Rohr 1996).

Other researchers have suggested that runaways are sociopaths—that is, they refuse to commit to or believe in the traditional values and norms of the society within which they live. In addition, runaways have been portrayed as impulsive loners who are prone to excessive aggression when frustrated. They can also be passive-aggressive and possess several different personality disorders.

Because the act of running away frequently involves feelings of intense alienation between them and their families, these children are, many times, quite exploitative and manipulative of other people. They do not trust others, thus they do not feel any obligation to treat others with respect. For this reason, many social programs designed to administer to this population focus on the provision of psychiatric care and counseling.

Is there a help group for this runaway? Is this why the ones you see at the shopping centres are either young or appear to have aged early, rather than gracefully - is that the result of them spending so much time living on the streets.

Manipulative? Yes, it would appear to be the case with this one. What technique was used to get assistance to get this one where it was.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh.......the itinerant shopping trolly. Homeless again. Adds to the thousands of homeless in Australia