Maturity of Children to Consent to Medical Research: The Babysitter Test
Carmeli, Daphna Birenbaum
Carmeli, Yoram S.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1993 Sep; 19(3): 142-147.
The age of maturity of children to consent for medical research is under debate, as different authorities regard the capacity of young teenagers as either satisfactory or not to grant consent without parental participation in the process. The present paper contrasts the generally accepted guideline for ethics in paediatric research in Canada with what the same children are allowed and expected to be able to do as babysitters. This comparison reveals deep incongruences in the way the maturity of the same children is appreciated for two different tasks.
Accountability; Adolescents; Age Factors; Behavioral Research; Children; Competence; Comprehension; Consent; Ethics; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; International Aspects; Legal Aspects; Minors; Moral Obligations; Medical Research; Obligations to Society; Parental Consent; Patient Care; Research; Risks and Benefits; Standards;
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