Selected publications that are related to childhood ethics, published by members of the VOICE team, are listed below. The names of previous and current members of the VOICE team are highlighted in bold characters. For a more complete listing of each researcher’s work, please consult their respective websites.

Principal overview papers on Childhood Ethics

Research Methodology/Methods

Narrative review of research evidence on youth engagement strategies

Childhood disability

Childhood education

  • Shariff, S., & Retter, C. (2012). Confronting cyberbullying: Defining the lines between ethical choices and jail terms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Legal Department.
  • Shariff, S. (2009). Confronting cyberbullying: What schools need to know to control misconduct and avoid legal consequences. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Shariff, S., & Churchill, A. (Eds.). (2009). Truths and myths of cyber-bullying: International perspectives on stakeholder responsibility and children’s safety. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Shariff, S. (2008). Cyberbullying: Issues and solutions for the school, the classroom, and the home. Abington, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge (Taylor & Frances Group).
  • Shariff, S. (2006). Cyber-dilemmas: Balancing free expression and learning in the virtual school environment. International Journal of Learning, 12(4), 269-278.

Child health care

Child law

  • Shauna Van Praagh, Jean-Frédéric Ménard, Efat Elsherif and Natalia Koper, That Our Children So May Grow : Imagining Legal Agency for Children (2023)
  • Ménard, Jean-Frédéric. “Offering a Reasonable Future: Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment from Infants in French Law with Illustrations from a Parisian Neonatal Resuscitation Unit.” In Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Young Children: A Comparative Perspective, edited by Imogen Goold, Jonathan Herring, and Cressida Auckland, 195–210. Oxford: Hart, 2020.

  • Brend, D., & Collin- Vézina, D. (2020). Time to shift the Canadian paradigm: Youth justice services and trauma-informed care. In N. Wright (Ed.), Justice Report/Justice Actualités (Vol. 35, pp. 19-21). Canadian Criminal Justice Association/Association Canadienne de Justice Pénale.
  • Shauna Van Praagh et al, « Learning from JJ: An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Child Welfare, Health Care, and Law » (2018) 12 : 1 RD & santé McGill 123.
  • Campbell, A., Carnevale, M., Jackson, S., Carnevale, F. A., Collin-Vézina, D., & Macdonald, M. E. (2011). Child citizenship and agency as shaped by legal obligations. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 23(4), 489-512.
  • Van Praagh, S. (2009). Magie, contes et sortilèges : Le droit à l’écoute de l’enfant. In B. Moore, C. Bideau-Cayre & V. Lemay (dir.), La représentation de l’enfant devant les tribunaux, Montréal: Éditions Thémis.
  • Van Praagh, S. (2007). ‘Sois Sage’ – Responsibility for childishness in the law of civil wrongs. In J. Neyers, E. Chamberlain & S. Pitel (Eds.), Emerging issues in tort law (pp. 63-84). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Van Praagh, S. (2005). Adolescence, autonomy and Harry Potter: The child as decision-maker. International Journal of Law in Context, 4(1), 335-373.

Child mental health

Child psychology

  • Talwar,V., & Crossman, A. M. (2012). Children’s lies and their detection: Implications for child witness testimony. Developmental Review, 32, 337-359. doi:10.1016/j.dr.2012.06.004
  • Talwar, V., & Crossman, A. M. (2011). From little white lies to filthy liars: The evolution of honesty and deception in young children. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 40, 139-179.
  • Talwar, V., & Renaud, S. J. (2010). Trustworthiness of young children as witnesses. In K. Rotenberg (Ed.), Trust and trustworthiness during childhood and adolescence (pp. 177-199). London: Cambridge University Press.
  • Talwar, V., & Lee, K. (2008). Social and cognitive correlates of children’s lying behavior. Child Development, 79(4), 866-881.
  • Talwar, V., Lee, K., Bala, N., & Lindsay, R. C. L. (2004). Children's lie-telling to conceal a parent's transgression: Legal implications. Law & Human Behavior, 28, 411-435.
  • Talwar, V., & Lee, K. (2002). Development of lying to conceal a transgression: Children's control of expressive behavior during verbal deception. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 26, 436-444. doi:10.1080/01650250143000373
  • Talwar, V., Lee, K., Bala, N., & Lindsay, R. C. L. (2002). Children’s conceptual knowledge of lying and its relation to their actual behaviors: Implications for court competence examinations. Law and Human Behavior, 26, 395-415.

Child welfare

Medical Assisitance In Dying (MAID)

Indigenous children

Indigenous Pedagogy on Childhood: SSHRC Imagining Canada's Future Knowledge Synthesis Grant Report

Developing a Framework for Indigenous Pedagogy on Childhood (Final Report)

International/Global perspectives

Community Life

Research ethics for childhood research

  • Cox E., Ferreira K. P., Teachman, G. (2023). Childhood Ethics: How can this new field of study guide research with children? Commentary in RehabInk, 15.

  • Teachman, G. (2020) Invited contribution to Consent [Chapter 8] in The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People: A Practical Handbook, 2nd Ed, (pp.150-151). V. Morrow & P. Alderson, Eds., SAGE Publications
  • Facca, D, Gladstone, B., & Teachman G. (2020). Working the Limits of ‘Giving Voice” to Children: A Critical Conceptual Review, International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

  • Meloni,F., Vanthuyne, K., Rousseau C. (2015) Towards a relational ethics: Rethinking ethics, agency and dependency in research with children and youth. Anthropological Theory , 15: 106-123, doi:10.1177/1463499614565945
  • Carnevale, F. A., Macdonald, M. E., Bluebond-Langner, M., & McKeever, P. (2008). Using participant observation in pediatric health care settings: Ethical challenges and solutions. Journal of Child Health Care, 12(1), 18-32.
  • Glass, K. C., & Binick, A. (2008). Rethinking risk in pediatric research. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 36(3), 567-576. doi:10.1111/j.1748-720X.2008.305.x.
  • Leadbeater, B., & Glass, K. (2006). Including vulnerable populations in community-based research: New directions for ethics guidelines and ethics research. In B. Leadbeater, E. Bannister, C. Benoit, M. Jansson, A. Marshall & T. Riecken (Eds.), Ethical issues in community-based research with children and youth (pp. 248-266). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Bluebond-Langer, M., DeCicco, A. & Belasco, J. (2005). Involving children with life shortening illnesses in decisions about participation in clinical research: A proposal for shuttle diplomacy and negotiation. In E. Kodish (Ed.), Ethics and research with children: A case-based approach (pp. 323-343). Oxford University Press.

Social studies of childhood

  • Bluebond-Langner, M. (1978). The private worlds of dying children. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Bluebond-Langer, M. & Nordquest, M. (2008). It’s back: Children’s understanding and communication about their cancer when cure is not likely. In C. Comacchio, J. Golden & G. Weisz (Eds.), Healing the world’s children: Interdisciplinary perspectives on child health in the twentieth century (pp. 161-175). Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.
  • Bluebond-Langner, M., & Korbin, J. (2007). Challenges and opportunities in the anthropology of childhood.  The American Anthropologist, 109(2), 241-246.
  • Bluebond-Langner, M. & Korbin, J. (2007). Children, childhoods and childhood studies. Special “In Focus” of The American Anthropologist, 109(2).

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