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PATRIOTA, Gabriela Fernandes Rocha  e  ALBERTO, Maria de Fatima Pereira. Domestic child labour in inside homes: the face of invisibility. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.3, pp. 893-913. ISSN 1808-4281.

This article aims to characterize the activities and conditions of domestic work carried out by children and adolescents at their own house, besides to reflect on the character of invisibility of this type of child labour. The qualitative method was used by applying the questionnaire and the semi-structured interview, both analyzed by content analysis. The research was conducted in two municipal schools in João Pessoa city with the participation of children and adolescents aged from 8 to 18 years old. 435 participated in the mosquito questionnaire, among which 61 were workers. Sixteen participated in the interview. The data reveal a set of activities performed by precocious workers who begin early to take care of people, clean the house and cook. They contribute to the family - who can count on their housework for running the household or allowing responsible to work outside the home. The "socialization" and "help" housework arrangements give a character of invisibility and they are not seen as work but as a matter of gender or participation in social life. Although it's invisible, complaints of tiredness, fatigue, overload and damage to school activities.

Palavras-chave : child labour; domestic work; child; adolescent; low-income families.

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