volume 146, issue Supplement 1, PS18-S24 2020
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-0818f
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Douglas S. Diekema

Abstract: With a few notable exceptions, adolescents do not possess the legal authority to provide consent for or refuse medical interventions. However, in some situations, the question arises regarding whether a mature minor should be permitted to make a life-altering medical decision that would be challenged if made by the minor's parent. In this article, I explore what we currently know about the adolescent brain and how that knowledge should frame our understanding of adolescent decision-making. The prevailing appro…

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