Risk Factors and Personality Profile of Runway Females

Author: Tahira Jabeen

Supervisor: Ms. Naima Hassan

Degree: M.Phil

Year: 2000-2002

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study explored the risk factors and personality profile of runaway females from homes. The risk factors were explored at structural and functional level that included the situations that they faced before and after running away from homes. Fifteen females from three shelter homes of Lahore Metropolitan City including Darul Aman, Destak, and Edhi Home were interviewed. Narrative analyses of this qualitative study revealed that broken homes, faulty parental practices, physical and sexual abuse and economic strain were the major contributing factors for these runaway females. The participants also frequently reported wider range of emotional and behavioral problems regarding their personality characteristics. The emotional problems included low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts, tension and post-traumatic symptoms and behavioral problems such as disobedience and school problems.

Keywords: Sexual abuse, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts, post-traumatic symptoms. Risk Factors, Personality Profile, Runaway Females.

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