Child Labor: A Child Development Perspective



Childhood is a fundamental stage of life between infant and adulthood. Globally, child labor has been a factor that impedes children’s successful transition into adulthood. This chapter discusses the distribution of child labor in farm and domestic work as well as differentiating between “child labor” and “working children.” Using the child development framework, effects of child labor on working children’s physical, social, behavioral, and emotional development are examined. Research gaps and the role of a multidisciplinary dialogue in facilitating change within a global context are also discussed.


Child Labor International Labour Organization Domestic Work Child Protection Service Street Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Work and Department of Human Development and Family StudiesMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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