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Adolescent Psychiatry

Volume 1 Issue 4
ISSN: 2210-6766
eISSN: 2210-6774

 

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  Mental Health Services for Minor Detainees at Guantanamo
  pp.325-332 (8) Authors: Neil Krishan Aggarwal, Andres J. Pumariega
doi: 10.2174/10325
 
 
      Abstract

This article addresses the bioethical implications of child and adolescent mental health services for Guantanamo minor detainees, hitherto unexplored since the American War on Terror. First, the literature on child soldiers is reviewed as a standard to measure treatment of minor detainees. Next, frameworks for mental evaluations with children and adolescents are surveyed given the complexity of issues involved. Afterwards, the cases of Mohammed Jawad and Omar Khadr are analyzed through interviews with key informants. The article concludes that the American government can improve future treatment of child soldiers by tailoring medical services for children and adolescents, providing regular access to caregivers and systematically obtaining informed consent, enforcing least restrictive environments, and emphasizing rehabilitation to punishment.

 
  Keywords: Child and adolescent psychiatry, Guantanamo, human rights, mental health services, rehabilitation, war on terror, detainees, tailoring, American War on Terror
  Affiliation: New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, Rm.1703, New York, NY 10032, USA.
 
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