Female runaway behavior and its relationship to prostitution

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1977-05-01

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Crowley, Marua Grace,1953-

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Purpose: The objective of this study was to analyze selected variables related to runaway behavior and to determine their relationship or significance to prostitution. In effect the opportunity structure on the road is such that the inexperienced, unskilled, and uneducated young girl has few alternatives. Thus prostitution becomes a viable support system for many girls who are faced with the lack of resources and facilities which can provide for their survival needs of food, clothing, and shelter. The question arises then: During the runaway episode, why do some girls choose prostitution as a support system while others seek help through legitimate channels? It is the concern of this study to compare the prostitute and non-prostitute groups on selected variables for the purpose of explaining those mechanisms variables which are conducive or related to prostitution. The major hypothesis guiding this study is that there is no significant difference between the prostitute and non-prostitute respondents in regard to the 21 selected variables. Methods: This study used a pre-typed questionnaire to develop the data. Analyses of the information consisted of separating the respondents into categories of non-prostitute and prostitute, and the 21 variables for determining possible correlations. Chi-square contingency tables were used to establish significant relationship between the selected variables in regard to the prostitute and non-prostitute groups. Findings: 1. This study indicates that there is a significant relationship between the variable sexual intercourse of the prostitute and non-prostitute groups. 2. This study indicates that there is a significant relationship between variable school attendance of the prostitute and non-prostitute groups. 3. This study indicates that there is a significant relationship between the variable marijuana use of the prostitute and non-prostitute groups. 4. This study indicates that there is a significant relationship between the variable pill use of the prostitute and non-prostitute groups. 5. This study indicates that there is a significant relationship between the variable alcohol consumption the last year of the prostitute and non-prostitute groups. 6. This study indicates that there is a significant relationship between place stayed majority of the time on the run of the prostitute and non-prostitute groups. 7. This study indicates that there is a significant relationship between variable length of time away of the prostitute and non-prostitute groups.

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Runaway teenagers, Prostitution

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