mature minor

A young person who has not reached adulthood—as defined by the laws of a particular jurisdiction—but whose maturity is such that he/she can interact on an adult level for certain purposes—e.g., consenting to medical care

ma·ture mi·nor

(mă-chūr' mī'nŏr)
Person younger than 18 years of age, who nonetheless possesses an understanding of the nature and consequences of proposed treatment.

mature minor

Any teenager who can demonstrate competence to consent to or refuse treatment. In the common law, a teenager who demonstrates adequate maturity may choose or reject some forms of care, including contraceptive and pregnancy care, mental health and chemical dependency consultations, and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases. In these instances the consent of the parent or guardian is not necessarily needed.


Although the concept of the mature minor recognizes the autonomy of the teen, before care is provided without parental consent health care professionals must be able to obtain evidence of and clearly document both the teen's maturity and his or her understanding of any proposed treatment.
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If C can show she is a mature minor or an emancipated minor, she can then decide for herself.
Several other states recognize the mature minor doctrine.
21) Mature minor statutes, however, generally lack a gauge for determining "maturity", engraft a lower age limitation (usually 14 or 15) and limit adolescent decisional autonomy to consent to, rather than refuse, treatment.
A life and death context is quite different from the context the mature minor principle came from.
After the medical interview, her physician should be able to assess whether she is a mature minor and intellectually able to understand the information presented to her.
17) The mature minor rule is largely a judicial, rather than a statutory, doctrine "that extends the common law principle of self-determination to minors"; (18) however, some states have enacted mature minor legislation in response to such court decisions.
that a mature minor has given informed consent to act as an informant
A minor who is near the age of majority, displays sufficient understanding of medical procedures, and can be medically emancipated in the treatment of certain conditions, including venereal disease, pregnancy, and drug abuse and is legally considered as a mature minor or emancipated minor (2).
Specifically, is there a point at which a mature minor can give legally valid consent to participate or withdraw without parental approval of that choice?
Baird himself asked how one would define a mature minor, arguing that it was ludicrous that one so designated should be granted an abortion while an "immature minor" would be forced to have a baby and become a parent Even more absurd was that, once she gave birth, the minor became emancipated and therefore legally "mature.
More broadly, some states have adopted the so-called mature minor rule, which allows a minor to consent to services without consulting his or her parents if the minor is sufficiently intelligent and mature to understand the nature and consequences of a proposed treatment.
Mature minors are those who meet the conditions set forth by the mature minor rule, legal doctrine that enables minors who are deemed mature (able to understand the nature and consequences of medical treatment) to consent to or refuse treatment (AMA, 1992; Kunin, 1997; Weir & Peter, 1997).