By Roger J. R. Levesque
Univ. of Indiana, Indianapolis. Examines the truth of adolescent lifestyles during the lens of sexuality. Discusses the social and criminal historical past of youth within the united states, felony precedents within the rules of adolescent sexuality, universal parts of criminal regulate, and the author's suggestion for social and criminal reforms.
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6 The Court interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment to denote “not merely freedom from bodily restraint but also the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, establish a home and bring up children, [and] to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience . ’” The Court also recognized the ADOLESCENCE AND THE LAW 37 legitimate power of the state to compel school attendance and to establish minimum curricular requirements; but it refused to extend this power to a standardized program required in instances in which the parents have other compelling concerns.
Sutton, Stubborn Children: Controlling Delinquency in the United States. 18. Joseph Hawes, The Children’s RightsMovement: A History ofAdvocacyandProtection (Boston: Twayne, 1991). 19. David Galenson, White Servitude in ColonialAmerica: An Economic Analysis (Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 198I). 20. Robert H. ), Children and Youth in America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1970). 21. Demos, Past, Present and Personal: The Family and the Life Course in American History. 22. Kett, Rites of Passage: Adolescence in America, 1790 to the Present, at 60-61.
That is, when balanced against the family, particularly the rights of parents, the law pervasively remains reluctant both to interfere in the family domain and to recognize that adolescents even have their own rights. Second, when balanced directly against state’s interests, adolescents’ rights find limits in the states’ parenspalriae power to act as parents would. That is, adolescents’ rights to autonomy and Self-determination now give way to the general state interest of protecting youth from their autonomy and enhancing the broad social control of adolescents.