Les Whitbeck, Ph.D. and Dan Hoyt, Ph.D.Assisting in the understanding and counseling of homeless adolescents
Professors of Sociology, UNL
Les Whitbeck, Ph.D. (left) and Dan Hoyt, Ph.D.
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Teenage runaways often leave home because of physical and sexual abuse. And they typically suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and severe depression. These and other findings from the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Homeless Adolescents conducted by sociologists Dr. Les Whitbeck and Dr. Dan Hoyt are helping social service agencies counsel homeless teens. The survey of 455 runaway teens from eight Midwestern cities details not only why teens turn to the street, but also what the street does to them.
Whitbeck and Hoyt also are authors of the book Nowhere to Grow: Homeless and Runaway Adolescents and Their Families, a book published in 1999 that resulted from a previous study of 600 runaways.