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Is Domestic Work a Worst Form of Child Labour? The findings of a six country study of the psychosocial effects of child domestic work

Gamlin, JB; Camacho,, A; Ong, M; Hesketh, T; (2013) Is Domestic Work a Worst Form of Child Labour? The findings of a six country study of the psychosocial effects of child domestic work. Children's Geographies 10.1080/14733285.2013.829660. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, we report on a study of the psychosocial effects of child domestic work (CDW) in six countries and the relevance of our findings to international legislation. Our results suggest that CDW is highly heterogeneous. While some young child domestic workers work long hours, suffer physical punishment and are at risk of psychosocial harm, others are able to attend school and benefit from good relationships with their employers and networks of support. Child domestic workers in India and Togo were most at risk of psychosocial harm. We conclude that classification of this employment as hazardous would not be appropriate and could be counterproductive and instead propose that legislation focuses on protective factors such as a social and community support.

Type: Article
Title: Is Domestic Work a Worst Form of Child Labour? The findings of a six country study of the psychosocial effects of child domestic work
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2013.829660
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2013.829660
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1431266
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