Revista Salud Uninorte
Print version ISSN 0120-5552
Objective: Describe the role that working minors play in their families that are involve in the cooperative firm "La Virtud" in Barranquilla (Colombia). Method: A descriptive study, we worked with total population, composed of young people under age 23, involved with the cooperative. The instrument used for this research was designed based on structural pafterns of previous investigations, and was validated by experts and judges through conducted test pilots to check its reliability. The data tabulation was performed in SPSS with outputs to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Results: It highlights the important role played by the children and teens in the family, because of their contribution to the household economy by providing support to parents as a so It highlights from the gaze of parents believing in the value of work in shaping the character of the youths and denote the lowest and major conflicts afflicting the young, mainly in relation to school and the allocation of time. Conclusions: Teens and child workers, although protected by the law, suffer changes in their family structure by creating new types of family where they can provide money in the same amount as their parents. This brings them strengths in the formation of character but dificulties and tensions between the different roles assumed by the young person.
Keywords : Work; children; teenagers; role; family.