Impact of child labor on academic performance : evidence from the program "Edúcame Primero Colombia"

Holgado, Daniel, Maya-Jariego, Isidro, Ramos, Ignacio, Palacio, Jorge, Oviedo-Trespalacios, Óscar, Romero-Mendoza, Vanessa, & Amar, José (2014) Impact of child labor on academic performance : evidence from the program "Edúcame Primero Colombia". International Journal of Educational Development, 34, pp. 58-66.

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Abstract

In this study, the effects of different variables of child labor on academic performance are investigated. To this end, 3302 children participating in the child labor eradication program “Edúcame Primero Colombia” were interviewed. The interview format used for the children's enrollment into the program was a template from which socioeconomic conditions, academic performance, and child labor variables were evaluated. The academic performance factor was determined using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). The data were analyzed through a logistic regression model that took into account children who engaged in a type of labor (n = 921). The results showed that labor conditions, the number of weekly hours dedicated to work, and the presence of work scheduled in the morning negatively affected the academic performance of child laborers. These results show that the relationship between child labor and academic performance is based on the conflict between these two activities. These results do not indicate a linear and simple relationship associated with the recognition of the presence or absence of child labor. This study has implications for the formulation of policies, programs, and interventions for preventing, eradicating, and attenuating the negative effects of child labor on the social and educational development of children.

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ID Code: 75329
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Child labor, Academic performance, Labor conditions
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2012.08.004
ISSN: 0738-0593
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Economic Development Policy (160505)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Educational Development. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Educational Development, [VOL 34, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2012.08.004
Deposited On: 20 Aug 2014 22:59
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2015 02:16

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