The Ethics of Adultcentrism in the Context of COVID-19: Whose Voice Matters?

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J Bioeth Inq. 2021 Oct 20. doi: 10.1007/s11673-021-10138-8. Online ahead of print.


Adultcentrism is an inherent feature of the social fabrics comprising most resource-rich countries in the twenty-first century that undermines the capacities, value, and voices of young people in various ways. In the context of COVID-19, we are confronted with the question of whose voice matters and must ask: is adultcentrism ethically permissible during a pandemic? This Critical Controversy examines this question in relation to evolving concepts of childhood, children’s rights, and the capacities of young people, to highlight areas of tension, future research, and potential for critical dialogue.

PMID:34669093 | DOI:10.1007/s11673-021-10138-8