A Study on the Mothers of Roma Children Who Are a Risk Group

Maide Orcan, Canan Yildiz Cicekler, Ramazan Ari

APA 6th edition
Orcan, M., Cicekler, C.Y., & Ari, R. (2014). A Study on the Mothers of Roma Children Who Are a Risk Group. European Journal of Educational Research, 3(2), 59-72. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.3.2.59

Orcan M., Cicekler C.Y., and Ari R. 2014 'A Study on the Mothers of Roma Children Who Are a Risk Group', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 59-72. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.3.2.59

Chicago 16th edition
Orcan, Maide , Cicekler, Canan Yildiz and Ari, Ramazan . "A Study on the Mothers of Roma Children Who Are a Risk Group". (2014)European Journal of Educational Research 3, no. 2(2014): 59-72. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.3.2.59


This study aims to define Roma mothers’ views regarding their children’s education and their tendency towards crime. The study is based on an illustrative case study method. The participants of this study are mothers of Roma children between the ages of 4 and 6 who live in Konya, Turkey — more specifically in the Yenimahalle neighborhood in the town of Karatay and who do not attend any preschool programs. As a data collection tool, a questionnaire prepared by the researchers is employed, while in data analysis, descriptive analysis is used. The Roma mothers articulated that they want their children to have education and jobs; that they do not want their children to suffer in the same way they did; that the Roma culture prevents children’s education and therefore the mothers prefer to send their children to private schools, boarding schools or to schools far away from their neighborhoods by taking school buses; that they want their children to be judges, lawyers, nurses and teachers. The mothers stated that they meet the basic needs of their children; that they watch TV together and/or do housework together with their children. They also said that when their children commit a crime, they beat their children; they get angry with them and scold and/or complain to their fathers. They finally added that they can take measures for the children’s not committing a crime by talking to the children or by scolding them. Additionally, Roma mothers state that by taking the case to the fathers they can prevent their children from committing crimes.

Keywords: Roma mothers, Roma children, preschool period, education and crime