Legal Protection of Children and Adolescents as Research Subjects

Michael P. Brown, Ball State University
Stephen J. Brodt, Ball State University

This paper expands and revises a previous examination of several issues concerning the protection of youth as research subjects. The nature of federal and state regulations and their chronology are outlined. The role of local institutional review boards and journal editors and reviewers is analyzed. Research not funded by federal agencies is given special attention. Articles from a variety of journals are reviewed in terms of whether they are consistent with statutes regulating research on youth.

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