Consent, Children’s, in Research

The right to consent to research and the right to withdraw this consent are fundamental rights afforded to research participants. However, according to legal understandings of the term, children are not deemed capable of giving their consent to research and permission needs to be sought from their parents or legal guardians. This entry explores the topic beyond legal definitions. It focuses on the consent of children as opposed to parents/guardians, examining how changing ideas about children and childhood have precipitated a shift towards negotiating the consent of children to research. As well as outlining some strategies which have been adopted by researchers, this entry examines some difficulties associated with eliciting the consent of children.

Negotiating Consent With Children

Increasingly, researchers are attending to how they can actively ...

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