A cross-sectional study of characteristics of street children in Jaipur city, Rajasthan

Abstract
Objective: To study the socio-demographic profile of street children in Jaipur city, Rajasthan. Setting and Design: Cross-sectional study. Material and Method: Children between 5-15 years residing on the streets of Jaipur city were the study population. Result: Majority of the street children (74.5%) were in 9 to 13 years of age group followed by 5-9 years (13.5%) and 13-15 years (12.0%). 91.0% of street children were males. 65.3% street children were from nuclear family. Out of 400 street children 45.8% had left home to earn money followed by 21.0% and 11.8% street children who left home due to domestic violence and to avoid parental restrictions respectively. Peer pressure was cited as reason by only 4.8% street children. Conclusion: During the study it was also observed that approximately half of the street children i.e. 45.8% had left home to earn money 21.0% had left home due to domestic violence and 11.8% street children had left, to avoid parental restrictions. Death of the father and mother were the reasons to leave their homes for 5.8% and 4.8% street children respectively.