Physical and Psychological Implications of Risky Child Labor: A Study in Sylhet City, Bangladesh

BDRWPS No. 8

19 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2009  

Mohammad Nashir Uddin

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology

Mohammad Hamiduzzaman

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology; Department of Public Administration, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology

Bernhard G. Gunter

Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC); American University

Date Written: July 1, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Uddin, Mohammad Nashir and Hamiduzzaman, Mohammad and Gunter, Bernhard G., Physical and Psychological Implications of Risky Child Labor: A Study in Sylhet City, Bangladesh (July 1, 2009). BDRWPS No. 8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1428206 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1428206

Mohammad Nashir Uddin (Contact Author)

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology ( email )

Kumargaon
Department of Social Work
Sylhet, Sylhet 3114
Bangladesh

Mohammad Hamiduzzaman

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology ( email )

Kumargaon
Department of Social Work
Sylhet, Sylhet 3114
Bangladesh

Department of Public Administration, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology ( email )

Sylhet, 3114
Bangladesh

Bernhard G. Gunter

Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC) ( email )

2508 Fowler Street
Falls Church, VA 22046-2012
United States

American University ( email )

4400 Mass. Ave. NW
Economics Dept.
Washington, DC 20016
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/gunter.cfm

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