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The origin of violent behaviour among child labourers in India
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7393-796X
Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
2008 (English)In: Global Public Health, ISSN 1744-1692, E-ISSN 1744-1706, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 77-92Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We explored the causes and circumstances of violent behaviour among a group of child labourers in the Indian unorganized sectors. From 14 categories of occupations, a total of 1,400 child labourers were interviewed in both urban and rural areas. The average family size of these mostly illiterate child labourers is seven, and average family income is 3,200 INR per month. In the short term child labourers become violent, aggressive, and criminal, following a pyramid of violent behaviour, including socio-economic pressure, cultural deviance, and psychological pressure. When considering family history it seems that the problem is part of a vicious cycle of violence, which persists through generations and evolves with financial crisis, early marriage, and violence in the family and workplace. Our study demonstrates that the most vulnerable groups of child labourers belong to the following workplaces: dhabas, food stalls, rail/bus stations, rail-floor cleaning, and rag picking. Giving high priority to capacity building within the community, including support for locally-generated solutions, is warranted.

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Routledge, 2008. Vol. 3, no 1, p. 77-92
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Child health, child labour, inequality, poverty, safety promotion, violence
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-41256DOI: 10.1080/17441690701238114PubMedID: 19288361Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-48949089771OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-41256DiVA, id: diva2:780125
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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