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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 310-316

The influence of social environment on children of a commercial sex worker

1 Department of Psychology, SDM College (Autonomous), Dakshina Kannada District, India
2 Department of Psychology, Christ (Deemed To Be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Ms. V Deepa
Department of Psychology, SDM College (Autonomous), Ujire, Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_8_20

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The case study aims to understand the influence of social environment on the course of life of children of a commercial sex worker. The participants of the study were two sons of a commercial sex worker who grew up in different environments. The older sibling who is 19 years of age (case 1) lives with his mother, whereas the younger sibling who is 17 years of age (case 2) lives in a hostel distant from everyday influence of a brothel. The study adopts multiple case study design and in-depth interviews were conducted to gather data. The obtained data were subjected to thematic analysis. Each case was analyzed individually, and then cross comparison of the themes derived was carried out. The themes derived on analyzing case 1 were social categorization, mercenary activity, substance aficionado, complacency in life, and compliance with life while the themes derived on analyzing case 2 were disgust toward commercial sex work, feeling of precariousness, antipathy toward home environment, irrational thoughts and anticipation of a better future. The only overlapping issue that emerged in both cases was being protective about their mother. It was concluded that environmental variance contributes to the difference in experience and perception of the situation and society.

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