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Informed Consent and Assent

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Adolescents’ informed consent presents significant ethical and legal concerns and practical considerations for adolescents, parents, professionals who work with adolescents, as well as legislators who formulate informed consent policies. In the United States, all states permit adolescents to consent to a wide variety of treatment and services without the required permission of the adolescent’s parent or legal guardian. More recently, the federal government has started to address these important issues, especially in terms of research and treatment, and has required that those who work with adolescents to take steps to protect adolescents’ interests and ensure their appropriate participation (Masty and Fisher 2008). Now, the principles guiding the need for informed consent affects adolescents in a variety of ways. They have mushroomed into the need to consider informed assent when adolescents may not have the full capacity to consent, and they have shed light on other instances in...

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Levesque, R.J.R. (2011). Informed Consent and Assent. In: Levesque, R.J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_440

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