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National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview (NCJ 196465) October 2002
Bulletin
OJJDP NISMART Series
12 page(s)
Sedlak, A. J., Finkelhor, D., Hammer, H., Schultz, D. J.
Presents an overview of the second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-2). First in a series summarizing NISMART-2 findings, this Bulletin describes NISMART component surveys and estimating methodology and defines the types of missing child episodes studied: nonfamily abduction (including stereotypical kidnapping); family abduction; runaway/thrownaway; missing involuntary, lost, or injured; and missing benign explanation. The Bulletin also presents national estimates for children classified as caretaker missing and those reported missing to law enforcement or other agencies, by type of episode and by child's age, gender, and race/ethnicity. The authors note that only a small proportion of all missing children are victims of stereotypical kidnappings.
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