ERIC Number: ED225096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Adolescence and the Right to Die: Issues of Autonomy, Competence, and Paternalism.
Powell, Clifford J.
This paper addresses some of the ethical and legal components of the issue of adolescence and the right to die. Developmental aspects on which psychologists may be uniquely qualified to comment are also addressed. The paper looks at ethical aspects of right to die decisions, the principle of autonomy, and the responsibility of caregivers. Legal aspects of such decisions are also considered, and several legal precedents are cited along with the issue of competence. Two case studies are examined in light of these issues. The paper concludes with some thoughts on the role of psychologists in such cases, e.g., counselor, assessor of competence level, and expert witness. (JAC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Right to Die
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).