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California Law Review, 1978,66, 541-566. Wei thorn, L. A. Competeney to render informed treatment decisions: A comparison of certain minors and adults. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Pittsburgh, 1980. Wei thorn, L. A. Developmental factors and competence to consent to treatment. In G. B. ), Legal reforms affecting child and youth services. New York: Haworth, 1982. PART I Psychological Issues in Increasing Children's Self-Determination CHAPTER 2 Decision Making by Children Psychological Risks and Benefits!

5 However, in an impassioned dissent, Justice Eagen argued that the Court should have reached the decision on behalf of the boy without involving him: The mandate of the Court presents this youth with a most painful choice between the wishes of his parents and their religious convictions on the one hand, and his chance for a normal, healthy life on the other hand. We should not confront him with this dilemma. 6 The situation in which Ricky Green was placed also raises questions about the voluntariness of his decision.

Note that in both cases, pawn alternatives are clear. The pawn dreams of a bicycle but does nothing to obtain it. The pawn reacts against the situation or authority in negative ways rather than either 3ccepting the imposed goal of making his or her own. 36-37) While there is no research directly on point, control over agenda might be expected to have the most pronounced effects because it implicitly involves some control over the distribution of reinforcements. At the same time, however, to the extent to which the three types of control described form a hierarchy, it may be that efforts to teach children to assert freedoms and to do so Decision Making by Children 27 responsibly might follow such a hierarchy.

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