Street and working children of Delhi, India, misusing toluene: an ethnographic exploration.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Our qualitative study explored: the perceptions of street children indulging in whitener fluid misuse; the social, economic, and cultural determinants of use; and users' views regarding effective preventive and control strategies. Forty-five in-depth interviews and three focus group discussions were conducted between March and December 2003. A purposive sample of those working children who were using toluene was selected by Snowball sampling. The paper discusses the: determinants of initiation and continued use; drug user social networks; psycho emotional deprivation and frustrations of these children; socio-cultural aspects like work driven need; others' attitudinal response towards them and their work; parental support or the lack of it; and strategies for prevention of this misuse.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Seth, R; Kotwal, A; Ganguly, KK

Published Date

  • January 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1659 - 1679

PubMed ID

  • 16253933

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-2491

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1082-6084

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10826080500222792


  • eng