Behavioral Difficulties of Child Labour - A Comparative Study of School Going and Working Children in Delhi Slums

Daman Ahuja and Dr.B. Kalpana

A descriptive cross-sectional study of children between 7-14 years in Delhi slums. Child labour and school going children, (n=1000) of same socioeconomic background were selected to know the impact of child labour on the behavior patterns of the children. Convenience sampling technique was adopted across Delhi slums to select the children. Children were subjected to strengthen and difficult questionnaire tool (SDQ). Results indicated that total difficulty is more prevalent in child labour (45.2%)as compared to school going (36%). Social Conduct problem is the most prevalent behavioral problem (43.2%) found in child labour. The association between working status and higher conduct problems were found to be statistically significant. Strong positive association between working status and difficulty score were found. (p<.001).

Volume 11 | Issue 7

Pages: 24-31