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This paper indicates that the issues relating to medicating children vary according to the age of the child. Next, the author examines problems, such as parents forgetting to give a dose, to shake liquid medicines and even to go to medical appointments. The paper discusses, based on reported research, children's autonomous medical behaviors and the problems of dosage and efficacy because the enzyme metabolization of children is different than adults.
From the Paper:"Results suggested that children perceive themselves as active in the treatment process. Most of the children demonstrated familiarity with treatment options; they could name medicines including brand names. Knowledge relating to medicine efficacy was generally low, however. There were significant age differences on a number of responses relating to the children's role in their own and other's use of medicines.
"Children's involvement in the medicine taking of others was significantly greater in the older children. Children who had purchased medicines without an adult present increased from 2% in kindergarten to 29% in Grade 7."
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- Stephen J. Ackerman (1999) Article Title: Doing More Good than Harm with Children's Medications. Magazine Title: FDA Consumer. Volume: 23. Issue: 2.
- Don Kerr (2007) Article Title: Family Structure and Children's Hyperactivity Problems: A Longitudinal Analysis. author. Journal Title: Canadian Journal of Sociology. Volume: 32. Issue: 1.
- Kelly Patricia O'Meara (2001) Article Title: New Research Indicts Ritalin. Magazine Title: Insight on the News. Volume: 17. Issue: 37.
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