IN THE REAL WORLD
The authors of previous chapters in this volume have, either implicitly or explicitly, suggested how their theories and research have implications for decision making in everyday contexts. The three chapters in Part III take an additional, and critical, step forward. Specifically, each author addresses decision making in specific contexts that have serious implications for adolescent well- being and treatment. The authors in this part were asked to go beyond describing their own work, to place research on adolescent decision making within the "real world" of legal, medical, and educational institutions. They have highlighted both the ways in which adolescent decision makers are viewed by these institutions and the ways in which their judgments and decisions are affected by the choices they have to make. In each chapter, implications and suggestions for policymakers and educators are explored in detail.
In chapter 8, Finken addresses decisions about abortions and the role of consultants (e.g., romantic partners, friends, family) in making those decisions. The author begins by detailing the policy debates surrounding adolescent abortion and differences among states in laws regarding the permissibility of adolescent's making abortion decisions with or without parental consent. Subsequently, age-related patterns of the use of consultants in making critical decisions, and abortion in particular, are reviewed. Finken