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Children’s rights in India : parents’ and teachers’ attitudes, knowledge and perceptions

Deb, Sibnath & Mathews, Benjamin P. (2012) Children’s rights in India : parents’ and teachers’ attitudes, knowledge and perceptions. The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 20(2), pp. 241-226.

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Abstract

Individuals’ attitudes influence their behaviour towards children, including whether children’s rights and welfare are promoted. The attitudes generally present in a society shape a culture of how children are perceived and treated. This study explored the attitudes and knowledge of 300 Indian parents and teachers regarding children’s rights, and their perceptions about whether selected rights were secured in reality. Findings revealed that most parents and teachers had positive attitudes about children’s rights, including rights to health and education, and freedom from child marriage and inappropriate work. Yet, about one quarter of participants did not think children should have the rights to freedom of expression and association. Knowledge of laws promoting children’s rights was poor. Most parents and teachers perceived a denial of seven key rights in Indian children’s lived experience. Overall, fijindings suggest a need to heighten awareness of children’s rights and needs, which can improve attitudes towards the treatment of children. Effforts to heighten awareness and attitudes towards children’s rights are needed across society and in key sectors to enhance children’s lived experience.

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ID Code: 53079
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: children’s rights, India , law , maltreatment, attitudes , knowledge , parents and teachers
DOI: 10.1163/157181811X616022
ISSN: 0927-5568
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Comparative Law (180106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Human Rights Law (180114)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 13 Aug 2012 10:29
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 01:06

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