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.

Being Patient with Patients: The Rights of Children in the Health Care System

Being patient with patients: The rights of children in the health care system

Asking children for their opinions about and input into treatment decisions is an idea whose time has come.

Judith Ann Erlen, Nurse (1987)

Eight-year-old “Alice” faced the prospect of undergoing organ transplantation, a procedure she already had endured once. She refused the second operation, electing instead to go home and spend her remaining days with her family. In time, without the potentially life-saving operation, Alice died (Franklin, 1994).

Should such a young patient have been permitted to make a life-or-death decision? Does an 8-year-old child have the right to consent to or refuse medical treatment? Can such a young child give truly informed ...

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