Environmental Health Ethics in Study of Children

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Children are not small adults in relation to exposure and susceptibility. Rapid growth, development, and anatomical and physiological changes in various organs and organ systems differentiate children from adults in relation to exposure and susceptibility to environmental exposures. The unborn child and lactating child may be exposed to environmental pollutants that depend on the maternal exposures. Also children are exposed to different sources of exposure because of behavior, for example, eating sand from a sandpit, exposure to dust while crawling on the floor. Moreover children have a longer life span in which to express illness. Second, children are particularly dependent on their environment and on their caregivers to make the right decisions for them. Their ability of making independent decisions depends on their age and it may differ from adults.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Environmental Health, Volume 1-5
Number of pages10
Publication date2011
ISBN (Electronic)9780444522733
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Research areas

  • Altruism, Assent, Autonomy, Beneficence, Biobanking, Children, Competence, Ethics, Informed consent, Justification, Nonmaleficence, Right to know or not to know, Vulnerability

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