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Pediatr Nurs. 2008 Jul-Aug;34(4):319-23.

Ethical perspectives of children's assent for research participation: deontology and on utilitarianism.

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University of Florida College of Nursing, Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Abstract

Is a child's assent to participate in research that does not have the potential to directly benefit the child ethically mandated? Analysis of this particular dilemma of health care research in children using two competing theories results in different answers. Deontology (principle-based ethics) will be contrasted with utilitarianism (consequentialism). Historical cases of research with children will be used as exemplars of these two theoretical positions.

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