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

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  • Mohammad Nashir Uddin

    (Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST))

  • Mohammad Hamiduzzaman

    (Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST))

  • Bernhard G. Gunter

    (American University and Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC))

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.

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  • Mohammad Nashir Uddin & Mohammad Hamiduzzaman & Bernhard G. Gunter, 2009. "Physical and Psychological Implications of Risky Child Labor: A Study in Sylhet City, Bangladesh," Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS) BDRWPS No. 8, Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC).
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