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National Estimates of Missing Children: Updated Findings From a Survey of Parents and Other Primary Caretakers
(NCJ 250089) June 2017
OJJDP NISMART Series, Bulletin, 20 page(s)
Andrea J. Sedlak, David Finkelhor, and J. Michael Brick
This bulletin summarizes findings from the adult survey component of OJJDP’s Third National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART–3). The authors compare findings from the 2013 NISMART–3 survey of parents and other primary caretakers of children with findings from the 1999 NISMART–2 component. The 2013 survey yielded a number of encouraging findings—the rate of children missing to their caretakers was 32 percent lower than reported in NISMART–2, and the rate of children who were reported missing to police declined 52 percent since the previous study.
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