See No Evil, Hear No Evil: Exploring Research on Missing Children

Nikki Thompson, Simon Fraser University

Since the abduction of Adam Walsh on July 27, 1981, the phenomenon of missing children has been an increasing area of concern in society. This paper analyzes literature that has been written in regards to missing children, specifically focusing on typologies of parental abductions, non-parental abductions, runaways and throwaways. An analysis of research provides an emphasis on deficient areas such as accurate profiles of victims, abductors and voluntary runaways. Finally, rates of abduction from 1992 to 1999 are analyzed to illustrate the current trends in Canada. The analysis of trends combined with the review of literature in this study, provides further direction for future research objectives focusing on missing children.

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