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Adolescence, Privacy, and the LawA Developmental Science Perspective$
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Roger J.R. Levesque

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190460792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460792.001.0001

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Reshaping Adolescents’ Privacy Rights

Reshaping Adolescents’ Privacy Rights

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(p.164) 6 Reshaping Adolescents’ Privacy Rights
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Adolescence, Privacy, and the Law
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Roger J. R. Levesque

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460792.003.0006

This chapter returns to legal analyses, and it does so in light of empirical research. It offers principles for improving legal approaches to adolescents’ privacy. It returns to constitutional principles at stake and the adolescent-specific adaptations required for realizing those principles. The principles include the need to recognize the legal system’s role in shaping adolescents’ identities and attitudes, revisit what we mean by the capacity to exercise rights, recognize adolescents’ dynamic self-determination, and reinforce the overriding principle of acting on adolescents’ best interests. The discussion points to the law’s need to focus not only on the ability of individuals to make decisions about privacy but also on the ability to make good decisions and be responsible citizens. It champions the development of a legal system that harnesses social dimensions of privacy in a manner that shapes adolescents’ expectations and use of privacy in ways conducive to healthy developmental outcomes.

Keywords:   Law, adolescence, privacy, socialization, Adolescent Identity

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