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PENA, Lucía de  and  SILVA, Cecilia. Scientific research study on childhood: considerations on the applicability of ethical requirements. Arch. Pediatr. Urug. [online]. 2023, vol.94, n.2, e602.  Epub Dec 01, 2023. ISSN 0004-0584.

The article deals with a particularly sensitive topic for scientific research, such as research studies that directly involve boys and girls. The social value and scientific relevance of research in this field is unquestionable; however, its justification requires special care regarding the conditions of children’s rights before, during and after the research process. The naturalization of their denomination as a “vulnerable population” and the exercise of their relative autonomy are the two main dimensions of this study. This paper explores questions that are not answered in it precisely: what guarantees informed consent during the effective process? How to accompany the decision making process without replacing the boy and the girl? However, the study makes progress regarding the setting of substantive conceptual and reflective dilemmas and aspects in scientific practice.

Keywords : Defense of the child; Research Ethics; Informed consent.

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