Factors That Motivate Street Children in Making Decision to Get Out of Street Life in Jakarta

Claudia F. Sugianto, F. Fentiny

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Marginal, vulnerable, and exploitative are the right terms to describe the living conditions of street children. In their childhood, they have had to deal with harsh and unfriendly urban environment. Children who are supposed to obtain an education, playing time, and love are forced to work to make money. The lack of knowledge, expertise, and experience limits their activities of earning incomes to selling, busking, and begging. Further, they want to get out of street life and have decent education and livelihood. This study aims to analyze the motivations of street children to get out of street life. It uses a qualitative approach with the type of descriptive research. Literature study, observation, and in-depth interviews are data collection techniques employed. The results of this study illustrate that physiological needs, which are the most significant aspects related to the decision of leaving street life, include food, drink, clothing, and shelter. They also want to earn a decent living both for themselves and their families. Having a decent job with steady income is also a goal to be achieved, so they can also help raise the family’s dignity. Furthermore, self-experiences on street have also motivated them to leave the street life
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-275
JournalAdvances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Issue number535
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2021


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