Physical and Psychological Implications of Risky Child Labor: A Study in Sylhet City, Bangladesh
BDRWPS No. 8
19 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2009
Date Written: July 1, 2009
In Bangladesh, children are accustomed to working in industrial and manufacturing plants, small scale factories, metal works, construction, as well as in many informal sector activities. Based on a survey conducted in Sylhet city, this study found that child workers are suffering from different physical and psychological problems and that more than half of them receive their medical assistance from local health care providers who have no recognized qualifications. The study maintains that working from an early age impedes the children’s physical growth and intellectual and psychological development, which then also has negative effects on their long-term health and earning potential.
Keywords: Risky child labor, physical health, mental health, Bangladesh
JEL Classification: J28, J8, O15
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