RHYMISRunaway and Homeless Youth Management Information System
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RHYMIS data from fiscal year 1997 were used in this study.
The factors chosen for analyses from the RHYMIS dataset were based on findings from previous research indicating that youths' demographics, educational characteristics, criminal behavior, substance abuse, and parental conflict are related to runaway behavior (Greene et al., 1995; Bass, 1992; Kurtz et al., 1991; Ringwalt et al., 1998).
Independent variables from the RHYMIS are coded as dichotomous or categorical, except age and number of times ran away.
This study of the national RHYMIS database provides an opportunity to expand understanding of the unique differences across three subgroups of runaway adolescents (runaway-homeless, throwaway, independent) and to identify predictors of family reunification among these subgroups.
RHYMIS data represent a large, national sample of high-risk youths that enter services at federally funded youth crisis shelters.