The relationship between dysfunctional family and the involvement of children in prostitution

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Family is the heart of child development. It is the primary and most important social institution for the upbringing, education and protection of children. Research on child and family development provide evidence that the family environment is the key factor that influence a child's health, behaviour, social, well-being, intellectual, moral, emotional and physical and that parental love and attention, support, stability and consistency in the home are tremendously important in determining a child's life and what will happen to him or her when they grow up. However, not all children are able to live in such a 'beautiful', supportive and understanding of the functional families. Many are living in dysfunctional families; the family institution that often becomes an arena for suffering and violence. Many researchers suggest that the majority of children in prostitution come from dysfunctional family. The current study of young women victims of prostitution in two rehabilitation centres in Malaysia also found the same scenario as the previous studies. Many of them psychologically depressed and felt hurt and angry as a result of living in dysfunctional families. Family dysfunction is believed a significant predisposing factor that increased the vulnerability of the young women to become involved in prostitution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume12
Issue numberSPL ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Child abuse
  • Child prostitution
  • Family dysfunction
  • Sexual exploitation

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