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Parents are not homogeneous

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1039
  1. Tom A Laws, lecturer (
  1. University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia

    EDITOR—Young et al offer an important insight into the rub between parental desires to protect their offspring from unpleasant news while at the same time recognising their child's autonomy.1 However, the paper falls short in two respects.

    Firstly, although Young et al say that they did not address the influence of sex, this factor cannot be simply discounted without explanation. Upholding the …

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