How consent requirements may shape teen mental health research

Reuters, 6 April 2017
Author: Lisa Rapaport
“Requiring teens to get permission from their parents to participate in studies about behavioral health may make it harder to understand adolescent psychology – especially when drugs and alcohol are involved. “Requiring parental consent may introduce a systematic bias that excludes certain segments of our population,” said lead study author Chao Liu of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. In the U.S., minors under age 18 generally need permission from their parents to get medical treatment or participate in research.”
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