Guidance on ethical considerations in planning and reviewing research studies on sexual and reproductive health in adolescents.
This document is intended to address commonly occurring situations and challenges that one faces in carrying out research with adolescents (people aged 10–19 years), the majority of whom are deemed not to have reached the recognized age of majority in their respective settings. To this end, adolescents aged 18 and 19 years are classified as adults in many settings and have the legal capacity to make autonomous decisions regarding their participation in research. In this document, the term “children” refers to people below the age of 18 years, and the term “minor adolescents” refers specifically to people aged 10–18 years.
This document is designed to inform people involved in sexual and reproductive health research with adolescents. This includes (but is not limited to) researchers, research ethics committee members, programme planners and sponsors.