Which children are capable of understanding certain information and making judgments for themselves? When are they old enough or in a condition to be emancipated from parental authority? Although children achieve full civil rights at the age of majority, it is, of course, a legal fiction that persons suddenly become fully mature on a particular birthday. Perhaps to remedy this, legislation and litigation have increasingly granted to older children rights to make decisions for themselves independently of their parents. Federal policies encourage even young children’s assent or participation in consent for treatment and for research on the grounds that they are generally better off if they are informed about their illness and dealt with truthfully.
KeywordsGood Interest Medical DECISIONMAKING Mental Hospital Parental Authority Minor Child
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