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The Adolescent Alone : Decision Making in Health Care in the United States - Jeffrey Blustein

The Adolescent Alone

Decision Making in Health Care in the United States

By: Jeffrey Blustein (Editor), Carol Levine (Editor), Nancy Dubler (Editor), Angela R. Holder (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 13th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521658911
Number Of Pages: 290

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A growing number of adolescents do not have a supportive and trusting relationship with an adult in a birth, foster, adoptive, or chosen family. Yet like all adolescents they need routine and sometimes specialized health care. This book is a collection of essays, case studies, and guidelines that describe the demographic, philosophical, medical, legal, and developmental framework in which these youth and health care staff confront medical decision making. The authors address questions of consent, confidentiality, access to care, and the right to refuse or demand care, emphasizing the real-world experience of adolescents as they struggle to overcome the challenges of being alone.

Introduction: the adolescent alone: 'you got nobody in your corner'
The Adolescent Alone: Who and How?
Adolescent development: implications for adolescents alone
The health of American adolescents: current issues and service gaps
Health care for the adolescent alone: a legal landscape Abigail English
Valid consent to treatment and the unsupervised adolescent
The impact of growing up orphaned on decision-making capacity
The experience of coming out among gay and lesbian youth: adolescents alone?
Lives in the balance: a profile of homeless youth in New York city
Adolescents and medical decision making: observations of a medical anthropologist
Introduction
Consent and the Limits of Staff as 'Family' Abigail English
Placing an Unplaceable Teen Cathy Cramer
An Adolescent's Contested Wish for a Kidney Transplant
Saying 'No' to Treatment in Terminal Illness
Consent and an Informal Guardian
Does 'Nonjudgmental' Care Include Prescribing Hormones?
An Adolescent's Decisions about Reproduction and HIV Transmission
Family and Culture in HIV Care for a Latino Adolescent
Consent by Antisocial Adolescents: Defining the 'Least Bad' Option
Ethics Guidelines for Health Care Providers on Treating 'Adolescents Alone' Jeffrey Blustein
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ISBN: 9780521658911
ISBN-10: 0521658918
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 13th December 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.4