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Child Labour: A Public Health Perspective$
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Anaclaudia Gastal Fassa, David L. Parker, and Thomas J. Scanlon

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558582.001.0001

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Understanding the health effects of child labour

Understanding the health effects of child labour

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(p.103) Chapter 9 Understanding the health effects of child labour
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Child Labour: A Public Health Perspective
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David L. Parker

Anaclaudia G. Fassa,

Thomas J. Scanlon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558582.003.0009

Child work is a continuum, and there is no clear demarcation of when work moves from a positive experience to a harmful one. In spite of the risks posed by many forms of work, for large numbers of children, the alternative to work may be hunger or other adverse outcomes. This chapter describes the health effects of children's work and the impact of this work on the communities in which they live. The chapter is divided into three parts. First, it examines the difficulties in determining the impact of child labour on health. Second, it describes approaches which can help in understanding the impact of child labour. Third, it presents examples of the impact of child labour on the health of children, families, and communities and how these impacts might be more effectively measured.

Keywords:   child labour, child work, working children, children's health, health effects, occupational health, work-related injuries

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