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Minors in Research Studies

Subpart D of the federal regulations covers minors in research studies.  The term minor refers to those under the legal age of consent, which can vary depending on the legal and cultural understanding of a population.

All UVa employees are legally obligated to report child abuse. University Human Resources has developed a web page that defines child abuse and provides information about how to report an incident. All UVa employees should become familiar with this page but it is particularly relevant to researchers who work directly with children. For more information, please see Child Abuse.

Section Topics

Why Are Minors Unable to Consent?
Who Is a Legally Authorized Representative?
Can a Minor Participate in My Study?
Special Rules for Including Minors

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