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Informed Consent Case Study

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Junior is a 14-year-old Hispanic, who was recently tested for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by a doctor. His parents (Diego and Francisca) become concerned when the school counselor tells that their son’s grades have dropped and he is having a hard time focusing. The doctor prescribes him dextroamphetamine, which Junior’s mother believes that he is misusing, after the doctor up the doses. He begins running out of medication before refills. His appearances begin to change for the worse, because of the weight loss. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) (2013) state adolescents that misuse stimulants may experience malnutrition, paranoia, and hostility. She fears that her son will harm her after she accused him for changing his medication with another medication,
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A counselor will incorporate informed consent that the counselor will explain to the parents and adolescents. Informed consent will include the parents allowing adolescents the opportunity to be included in explaining medications to adolescents that can understand between ages 12-18. For example, Junior mother fear that her son will cause her harm. Inform consent relates to issues that include harm to others, child protection, lawbreaking, and communicating for the good of the adolescents that is called catch-all (Foreman, 2006). In addition, the second issue is confidentiality. The counselor needs to build a trust relationship with the parents and adolescents with ADHD. For instance, the counselor needs to explain the medications effects and side effects to the parents and Junior. The APA (2013) believes culture may play a major role in ethical implications. In essence, adolescent behaviors may be different when it deals with attitudes concerns or clarification, which is less likely with African American and
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