The Prevalence and Impact of the Maltreatment of Child Laborers in Developing Countries: A Scoping Review Protocol


Background: Children working in the rural agricultural and domestic workforce are more prone to maltreatment than children in any other social settings. Objectives: This protocol outlines the key components of a scoping review that explores the prevalence and impact of maltreatment of child laborers in domestic and agricultural work in the South Asian rural context. Inclusion criteria: Studies that report on the prevalence or impact of maltreatment of child laborers aged 5 to 17 years engaged in the agricultural or domestic work, their employers or the parents of child laborers. Studies will be limited to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal and include cohort, case-control studies or cross-sectional studies, along with qualitative ethnographic, phenomenology, grounded theory, case study or action research studies. Grey literature will also be included. Methods: This review will seek pertinent studies from databases such as Scopus, PubMed, Medline, PsycINFO and ProQuest. The search strategy will include appropriate terms (and synonyms). A two-part selection process e.g. the titles and abstracts and full texts will be used for the assessment of retrieved records based on the inclusion criteria. Data from the retrieved records will be extracted using the standardised data extraction tool. The outcomes from the extraction process will be pooled in a narrative or statistical meta-analysis depending on the quality of articles retrieved. Conclusion: This protocol paper will guide researchers on policy measures to address the issue of maltreatment of child laborers in the four countries identified.

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Md Abdul Ahad, Flinders University, Australia
Yvonne Parry, Flinders University, Australia
Eileen Willis, Flinders University, Australia

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Conference: ACE2021
Stream: Educational Research

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Ahad M., Parry Y., & Willis E. (2022) The Prevalence and Impact of the Maltreatment of Child Laborers in Developing Countries: A Scoping Review Protocol ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2021: Official Conference Proceedings
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