The authors of this volume provide discussion on vital issues related to the rights of children in the United States, including: the historical and contextual perspective on the rights of children; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; the differing views on children's rights and competencies; and the rights of children within the family, the social service system, the health care system, the educational system, the juvenile justice system and in employment.
Chapter 4: Differing Views: Perspectives on Children's Rights and Competencies
Differing Views: Perspectives on Children's Rights and Competencies
Children are often more capable of expressing preferences and participating in making major life decisions than is generally recognized … under the law.
The term children's rights evokes different meanings for different people. For some, the focus is on rights granted to children by society; for others, the emphasis is on rights possessed by children, which those children are free to use as they wish. Adults' conceptions and children's views of the acceptability of these rights may differ (Melton, 1980). Furthermore, different attitudes exist about what constitute the appropriate needs of children (Bross, 1991; Rogers & Wrightsman, 1978); such varying conceptions are especially influenced by ...