Journal Article

Adolescent Psychological Development, Parenting Styles, and Pediatric Decision Making

Brian C. Partridge

in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: A Forum for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine

Published on behalf of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc.

Volume 35, issue 5, pages 518-525
Published in print October 2010 | ISSN: 0360-5310
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1744-5019 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmp/jhq044
Adolescent Psychological Development, Parenting Styles, and Pediatric Decision Making

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child risks harm to adolescents insofar as it encourages not only poor decision making by adolescents but also parenting styles that will have an adverse impact on the development of mature decision-making capacities in them. The empirical psychological and neurophysiological data weigh against augmenting and expression of the rights of children. Indeed, the data suggest grounds for expanding parental authority, not limiting its scope. At the very least, any adequate appreciation of the moral claims regarding the authority of parents with respect to the decision-making capacity of adolescents needs to be set within an understanding of the psychological and neurophysiological facts regarding the development of adolescent decision-making capacity.

Keywords: adolescent development; adolescent psychology; convention on the Rights of the Child; medical decision making

Journal Article.  3200 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Medical Ethics ; Bioethics ; Public Policy

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