Every adolescent may have a different reason for running away from home (home truancy) depending on the situation. Therefore, it’s important to seek out the thought process behind their desire to run away. The teenager may feel they have no other choice or that their parents don’t understand them. They may react emotionally to a situation and feel the need to flee the home in the moment. The reason may involve substance abuse or mental illness. Whatever the reason may be, the adolescent often does not consider the consequences of running away. Usually a child will return home shortly after running away because they do not have the resources, support, or the safety that they have at home.
School truancy can also be a problem with some teenagers. Teens may be truant from school for many reasons. They may leave to hang out with friends, do drugs or drink alcohol, oppositional behavior, or just because they do not like school. They may be truant because of school phobia, depression/anxiety, or fear of being bullied. School truancy may not necessarily be a running away incident, but left undealt with, can result in collateral issues.
Parents may feel an increase in anxiety and fear when they have a child who runs away. It can place families on high alert and initiate extensive worry. Sometimes running away can happen suddenly and without warning. Parents should seek to listen and understand the child’s need to run away. The relationship the child has with the parents can have the strongest impact on a runaway teen. When acting out and running away becomes a frequent struggle, it may be time to seek professional treatment.
Treatment would include individual therapy for the child. The running away behaviors are often a cry for help; meaning the child has deeper struggles that need to be addressed. It’s important to uncover and deal with the root causes of their psychological struggles causing them to run. The adolescent may need to learn appropriate and healthy coping strategies as an alternative to running away. It can be effective to help the child understand the consequences of running away, as well.
Promise Village: Home for Children focuses on the struggles of the child at a deeper level. The program is not a lock-down facility. However, Promise Village uses positive relationships, coping strategy training, and individual therapy to assist the child to deal with stressors and emotions in a more appropriate manner. Promise Village can help to eliminate dangerous behaviors like running away.
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- Anxiety Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Behavioral Warning Signs
- Compulsive Personality Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
- Runaway Teens
- Teen Alcohol Abuse
- Teen Anger
- Teen Depression
- Teen Drug Use
- Teenage Mood Disorders