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Toubaei S, Nateghi G, Dehbozorgi G R, Sadr Esfahani H. Demographic, Personality and Psychopathology Characteristics of the Runaway Girls in Social Emergency and Rehabilitation Centre of Shiraz, Iran. IJPBS. 2012; 6 (1) :33-39
URL: http://ijpbs.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-26-en.html

Abstract:   (7489 Views)
Ôbjective: The problem of runaway girls is one of the social problems which has become more prevalent and is considered a serious challenge for families, welfare centers and governmental organizations in Ïran. This study aimed at determining the demographic, personality and psychopathology characteristic of a sample of runaway girls in Shiraz, Ïran.
Methods: Fifty girls who had escaped from their home and were referred to the Women’s Social Ëmergency and Rehabilitant Çentre of Shiraz were compared with fifty girls who lived with their parents (control group). They were assessed by semi-structured interview based on the DSMÏV-TR criteria, demographic questionnaire, the General Health Questionnaire-28 (GHQ-28) and the Ëysenck Personality Questionnaire-R-106 (ËPQ-R-106).
Results: Mean (±SD) age of the runaway girls was 19.9 (±3.81) years. Twenty (40%) were the first child of the family. Forty-three subjects (86%) were resident of cities. Physical abuse and neglect were more prevalent in the runaway girls (P < 0.05). There were no significant differences between two groups in history of major psychiatric disorders. Regarding GHQ-28, only in social function subscale, the runaway girls showed more disturbances in their social function compared to control group (P < 0.05). There were significant differences in extroversion, lying tendency, addiction tendency and crime seeking (P < 0.05) between the two groups and escaped girls showed more disturbances in comparison with the control group.
Çonclusion: The social burden of runaway girls in Shiraz is of significance and this subject warrants more attention from non-governmental and governmental organizations in order to provide more psychological and social support for these girls.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Psychiatry
Received: 2012/05/26 | Accepted: 2014/01/6 | Published: 2014/01/6

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