The Consumer’s Point of View

Children’s Concepts of Their Rights
  • Gary B. Melton


As discussed in Chapter 1, there are a number of factors that affect adults’ attitudes toward children’s rights. Questions of what really constitutes “rights” to which children are entitled aside, those attitudes probably will reflect the rights that are finally fulfilled for children. In practical terms, adults decide the degree of autonomy that children may exercise and the adequacy of conditions for self-actualization to which they are exposed. Nonetheless, questions remain concerning what children themselves think about their rights. One of the reasons that the child advocacy movement’s goals have been so variously defined is that those goals have represented the opinions of adults of different ideologies about what they believe to be important to children. Child advocates may assume the same paternalism as ostensibly less child-oriented adults. It is interesting that, prior to the research reported in this chapter, no one had bothered to ask children about their views of their rights.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary B. Melton
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  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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