25. Legal and Ethical Issues

  1. Edilma L. Yearwood PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN,
  2. Geraldine S. Pearson PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN and
  3. Jamesetta A. Newland PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, DPNAP
  1. Margaret Hardy and
  2. Sarah B. Vittone

Published Online: 28 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118704660.ch25

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

How to Cite

Hardy, M. and Vittone, S. B. (2012) Legal and Ethical Issues, in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (eds E. L. Yearwood, G. S. Pearson and J. A. Newland), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118704660.ch25

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 9 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813807867

Online ISBN: 9781118704660



  • Adherence to therapeutic regimen;
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).;
  • Health care ethics;
  • Legal and ethical issues;
  • Moral distress;
  • Obligations of children and guardians


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Description of the Issue

  • Legal and Ethical Issues: Risks to Children

  • Who Is the Client?

  • Who Is the Guardian?

  • Obligations of Children and Their Guardians

  • Foundations for Practice: Legal

  • Potential Liabilities for the Nurse

  • Importance of Documentation

  • Foundations for Practice: Ethical

  • Moral Distress

  • Basic Professional Ethics Obligations

  • Complex Ethical Risks in Health Care

  • Patient's Rights and Basic Obligations of Providers

  • Sovereignty vs. Abandonment

  • Implications for Practice

  • Confidentiality and the Right to Information

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making

  • Capacity and Competence

  • Informed Consent

  • Right to Refuse Treatment

  • Involuntary Patients

  • Chemical or Physical Restraint

  • Reproductive Issues

  • Implications for Research

  • Implications for Education and Continuing Education

  • Accreditation of Educational Programs

  • Implications for Primary Care—Ethical Situations

  • Summary

  • References