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Are children always vulnerable research participants?

Hi everyone

I have been asked to submit a paper to the Asian Bioethics Review special issue on vulnerability. in this paper, I argue that the blanket categorization of children as vulnerable research subjects is ethically problematic. I don't want to reveal too much as the paper is under review now! But happy to hear if you have any thoughts.


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Comment by Miliswa Magongo on April 27, 2015 at 17:00
Hi Phaik Yeong, it sounds like it is going to be an interesting paper. I look forward to reading it. I always find it fascinating that here in South Africa for instance, legally, children under the age of 18 are considered to be minors and therefore not allowed to make some decisions on their own. Yet they are also legally permitted to make some life changing decisions such as whether to keep or terminate a pregnancy at any age on their own. Anyway, I guess depending on the type of research study and questions that will be asked, children are not always vulnerable research participants.
Comment by Phaik Yeong Cheah on May 1, 2015 at 4:40

Thanks Miliswa! Its funny how arbritary age cut -offs are decided. In thailand, you need to be 20 before making any medical decisions! 

Comment by Phaik Yeong Cheah on August 21, 2015 at 10:53

Hi everyone, the paper is out - see link and let me know your thoughts please! http://figshare.com/s/db7fbf5840ab11e5be1a06ec4b8d1f61

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