Year: 1994 Source: New York, NY: Chapman & Hall, 1994. p.352-356 SIEC No: 20011056

This chapter provides an overview of legal issues commonly encountered in the psychiatric hospitalization of children & adolescents. Issues addressed include: competency; commitment; consent; authority to refuse treatment; seclusion & restraint; & confidentiality & privilege. The rights of psychiatrically hospitalized minors & liability risks are discussed briefly. Readers are advised to familiarize themselves with the specific legal codes, rules & regulations concerning the psychiatric hospitalization of children & adolescents in the state in which they practice & to seek legal consultation on specific questions arising during the course of their work. (20 refs.)