Stephen J. Morewitz
CSUEB Nursing and Health Sciences Lecturer Stephen J. Morewitz will present a research poster on endangered teenage runaways at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in Chicago Nov. 15.
In his research, "Endangered Runaways: Peer Influence vs. Adult Influence,” Morewitz evaluated the extent to which adult influence is a risk factor for children and adolescents becoming endangered runaways. Based on a random sample of 995 missing-persons reports that were filed between 1991 and 2011 and published in the North American Missing Persons Network and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children websites, this study found that endangered runaways (10.89%) were less likely than other missing persons (23.7%) to travel with adults suggesting that peer influence may be more important than adult influence among endangered youth who run away from home.