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Columbia Law School

1992

Villanova Law Review

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Judgment And Reasoning In Adolescent Decisionmaking, Elizabeth S. Scott Jan 1992

Judgment And Reasoning In Adolescent Decisionmaking, Elizabeth S. Scott

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Few people believe that five year olds and fifteen year olds think, act or make decisions in the same way. The question is whether and how the law should respond to developmental differences. Traditionally, childhood and adulthood have been two dichotomous legal categories, demarcated by the age of majority. This conception has been contested in recent years, as has the premise that all minors are incompetent to make decisions and function as legal actors. Fueled by the controversy over adolescent access to abortion, an advocacy movement has emerged that challenges the authority of parents and the state over the lives ...