Adolescents and Constitutional Law

Regulating Social Contexts of Development

  • Roger J. R. Levesque

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  13. Back Matter
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About this book


This textbook offers a foundation for understanding adolescents’ rights by articulating the complexity, breadth, and challenging nature of laws regulating adolescents. It showcases the Supreme Court’s key interpretations of the Constitution as it relates to adolescents’ rights. Chapters examine relevant legal systems and the social contexts that legal systems control. In addition, chapters discuss constitutional issues and their nuances through actual cases that often offer alternative interpretations of constitutional rules. The textbook guides readers through both well accepted and often ignored conceptions of adolescents’ rights. It offers readers unfamiliar with the law the tools they need to understand the importance of adolescents’ constitutional rights and how they can contribute to developing them.

Topics featured in this text include: 

  • The role of parents and family systems in conceptualizing adolescents’ rights.
  • The complexities of providing health care to adolescents.
  • Religious freedom and adolescents’ rights relating to religion.
  • The flaws of child welfare systems.
  • The challenge of developing rights specifically for juveniles and delinquent youth.
  • Juvenile court systems and the differential treatment of adolescents.
  • The difference between the juvenile court system and the criminal court system.
  • Adolescents’ media rights.

Adolescents and Constitutional Law is an essential textbook for graduate students as well as a must-have reference for researchers/professors and related professionals in developmental psychology, juvenile justice/youth offending, social work, psychology and law, family studies, constitutional law, and other interrelated disciplines.


Child welfare and juvenile justice Constitutional law and adolescents Educational systems and adolescents Eighth Amendment, corporal punishment, adolescence Family systems and adolescents Fifth Amendment, interrogation, juveniles Fourteenth Amendment, youth, due process Health care systems and adolescents Juveniles, First Amendment, religious rights Media, adolescents, criminal justice Medical care, adolescents, informed consent Parental rights and juvenile offenders Parent-child relationships and juvenile justice Police and juvenile offenders Public health and juvenile justice Religious systems and adolescents Right to privacy and teenagers School settings and student constitutional rights Social services and juvenile justice Vulnerable youth and the criminal justice system

Authors and affiliations

  • Roger J. R. Levesque
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  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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