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Minerva Pediatrica 2001 February;53(1):49-54

Copyright © 2001 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Legal and medico-legal issues in adolescent medicine. A critical review of the present regulation and legislation

Schwarzenberg T. L., Buffone M. R.


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During the last years the Italian Government has taken many different initiatives to protect the adolescents' rights to benefit from physical, psychical and social well-being. In particular, various projects concerning the promotion and the support of the school, the family, sport, mass-media, judicial and medical infrastructures, have been organised, promoted and financed. However, it is not always possible to assure a real safeguarding of teenagers' rights; this especially happens because the problem concerning the autonomous capacity of minors to consent (or non consent) to the medical treatment is much debated. However, many contradictions still persist about the effective duration of the pediatric age. All the same, it must be noted that the Legislator apparently realised that not only the physical, psychological and social maturity proceed by steps, but also the legal capacity.

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