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Informed Consent From Children

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By: Tim Moore | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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Children’s informed consent in participatory research is an essential component to ethical research practice. Although there has been significant attention from researchers about the importance of seeking children’s informed consent prior to their participation in data collection, some commentators see consent as an ongoing process rather than a hurdle to be overcome prior to data collection. After discussing the participation of children in research, this entry presents five steps that may help researchers consider how to embed informed consent in research activities as well as examples to show how researchers can assist children to understand, indicate, utilize, and reflect on their consent.

Background

Children’s participation in research has had a checkered past. Prior to World War II, children and young people were the subjects of a wide ...

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