Children's Law: Toward a New Realism

Gary B. Melton, Brian L. Wilcox

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Abstract

The realist approach that has dominated American jurisprudence has long had especially great acceptance in regard to children's issues. Ironically, however, decision making on such topics has seemed to be particularly unlikely to be informed by careful assessments of social reality. Symbolism has prevailed over pragmatism. Psycholegal research on children's issues has also often been misdirected. Application of the Convention on the Rights of the Child may point the way to more psychologically minded children's law.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalLaw and human behavior
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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Children's Law : Toward a New Realism. / Melton, Gary B.; Wilcox, Brian L.

In: Law and human behavior, Vol. 25, No. 1, 01.01.2001, p. 3-12.

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Melton, Gary B. ; Wilcox, Brian L. / Children's Law : Toward a New Realism. In: Law and human behavior. 2001 ; Vol. 25, No. 1. pp. 3-12.
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