International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Socio-Cultural Situation of Street Children and Their Expectations about Future (Example of Diyarbakır City)
Mülazim Karakuş, Dr. Sametttin Gündüz

The purpose of this study of children living and working in the street is to examine their socio-cultural conditions and future expectations. This study is a descriptive research in scanning model. In order to collect data, Semi-structured interview method, which is a method among the Qualitative data collection methods, has been used. The study group is composed of 70 children living and working in the streets of Diyarbakır district. Children have been reached with the help of snowball sampling method. The data which is obtained in the study has been coded with the help of an expert, then encoded and processed by the researcher. As a data collection tool, an interview form which is composed of 39 questions and developed by the researcher has been used. In encoding data, the content analysis method has been also used in the research, which is generally used in qualitative researches. Among the interviewed children, sixty-seven of them have stated that they were born in Diyarbakır while three of them have stated that they were born in a city other than Diyarbakır. Two-thirds of the interviewed children have stated that they live in slum neighbourhoods and come from a family of low-income. An important part of the children have stated that they suffer violence in the family while seventeen of them have not wanted to answer this question, so this indicates that suspicion of domestic violence is higher. Interviewed children have stated that they are mainly from Bağlar, Fiskaya, Ofis and Balıkçılarbaşı districts in Diyarbakır. Thirteen children have stated that there is a criminal person in their family while eleven children have stated they often run away from their house. Only one of the children has stated that he lives in the street day and night. It is a very important finding in terms of this research.

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