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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-36678

McAlpine, K; Henley, R; Müller, M; Vetter, S (2010). A survey of street children in northern Tanzania: how abuse or support factors may influence migration to the street. Community Mental Health Journal, 46(1):26-32.

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In October 2006, a survey was undertaken of youth "on the streets" in the Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions of Tanzania (n = 1,923). The question of interest was if street children who live on streets full-time differ concerning reports of abuse and support, compared to reports of children who are only part-time on the streets, and to children who don't self-identify as "street children" at all. Results show full-time street children reporting significantly more abuse than part-time counterparts, or children who were not street children (mean difference = -1.44, P < .001). Concerning support scores, non-street children and part-time street children reported significantly more support from their family than full-time street children (mean difference = 1.70, P < .001). This information identifies possible reasons why vulnerable children migrate to live on the streets in the urban areas, and contributes to the limited literature and data on this subject.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Clinical and Social Psychiatry Zurich West (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:16 Dec 2010 09:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:17
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s10597-009-9196-5
PubMed ID:19415490

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