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Livelihood of Street Children and Their Quality Of Life: A Cross Sectional Study in Etawah District

Kiran K, Naresh Pal Singh, Dhiraj Kumar Srivastava, Ankita Sharma, Mahima.


"Introduction: “Street children” is a term used to describe those kids who live and work in streets. Chil-dren are exposed to several hazards and catastrophe which lead them to vulnerable and pessimistic experi-ences. Their daily life and poor quality of life uncover them to vari-ous threats that makes them victims for drug trafficking, prostitution, or-gan trade and slavery.
Material & Methods: A cross sec-tional study was conducted in Eta-wah city from May 2017 to Oct 2018. Street children aged 13-18 years, who live and/or work on streets of Etawah. Street children were looked for at identified hotspots of street children in Eta-wah city like market places, railway station, stalls/dhabas/hotels etc. and they were selected for the study by Snowball sampling. Information was extracted from face to face in-terview using pre-structured ques-tionnaire.
Results: Study enrolled 145 street children, 35% haven’t attended school, 30% leave away from fami-ly. Street level vending, working in dhabas and mechanic assistant were common professions. Working children had poor quality of life.
Conclusion: More than four fifth of the street children were working for their survival, street level vending, working in dhabas were common occupations involved. Quality of life was poor among working street children."

Key words: Street children, child abuse, Quality of Life

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