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Title: Children of Bed-Renting Families: Risks and Survival Strategies
Authors: Meaza, Melaku
Advisors: Wassie Kebede (PhD, MSW)
Keywords: Customer,
Household, Kebele
Copyright: Jul-2011
Date Added: 3-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: This study mainly explores the lived experience of bed-renter children, with special emphasis on risk and survival strategies. Seven bed-renting households were purposely selected. From each household, children between the age of 12 to 17 and their parents or guardians were selected. Qualitative data was gathered using in-depth interviews, observation and informal dialogues. The study findings were corroborated with information provided by key informants. The finding of the study indicates the prevalence of high crime rates and child abuses at the study areas. Family breakdowns and remarriages are common characteristics among studied households. As a result, significant number of children lived in a single parent headed household. Working as a bed-dealer affects children in many ways. For instance, they stay along the streets for many hours during the night. They have to perform many additional tasks related to the business. Moreover, they are threatened by violent strangers. Some are not going to school; those who are students are also facing difficulty to attend schools regularly and attentively. However, parents rationalized that children must work to live. The support that children getting from parents/guardians and institutions were very limited. Bedrenter children devised their own strategies to cope with problems such as negotiation and fighting. The research indicates the need for a broader and multilevel intervention that will help to enhance the well-being and capacity of children, families and institutions. Key Words: Bed-renting, Child abuse, Copying system, ,
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3611
Appears in:Hydrogeology

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