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Girl runaways far outnumber boys: survey

Girl runaways far outnumber boys: survey

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The number of girls running away from home was three times that of boys, a survey published Wednesday showed. The Child Welfare League Foundation (????) said that in its survey of 251 children and teenagers who have run away from homes previously, they found that the number of girls running away was 3.1 times that of their male counterparts. They also found that families play a major part, especially those from single-parent families. Also, children and teenagers will often runaway from home repeatedly, as the survey showed that nearly 60 percent of children ran away from their homes again after the first time. Foundation Executive Director Chen Li-ju (???) said that a high ratio of teenagers run away because of problems related to making boyfriends or girlfriends, which she said is related to the gap between parents and children on dealing with social relationships. Chen said that more than 50 percent of the runaways will seek shelter at the homes of their boyfriends or girlfriends, and those who take in the runaways could even be friends they had just met on the Internet. The foundation also said that stepping up communication within families and parents improving relations with their children will be the key to preventing children from running away from their homes. Yang Li-jung ( ??? ), an expert on parent-child issues said the fact that girl runaways far outnumber boys may be attributed to the earlier onset of puberty, parents' stricter rules on dating and easier access to assistance from others outside of their families. (By Chen Chi-chung and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-13 12:17 GMT+08:00