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Medicolegal and Ethics What makes the teenager emancipated?

A 17-year old girl presents to her primary care physician with a complaint of missed menses. She is well known to the staff, having survived a tumultuous family life with her irresponsible parents. Test reveals she is pregnant. She returns to the office 2 weeks later asking for recommendations on obtaining an abortion. She explains that although she has finished high school, she works full-time to support herself and her husband and is not ready for a child. She decides that she does not want to notify anyone, and says she has chosen not to talk with her parents for many months. Her doctor understands that he must abide by her wishes because she is emancipated. Which of the following makes this patient emancipated?

A) Age 17 years is considered an adult
B) Full-time work
C) High school diploma
D) Living separately from her parents
E) Marriage

To me there is more than one correct answer here. I was wondering what do you guys think and WHY?
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I agree. I say that she is emancipated because she is self-supporting by working full-time and lives alone, and because she is married. So I guess, B, D, and E could be correct answers. You would just have to remember that in other contexts living separately from her parents would not necessarily make her emancipated if she is not self-supporting (such as living with an aunt or grandmother). Hope this helps.

This is referenced from behavioral sciences FA 2012 pg. 59.
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according to what i read , and seeing the question

NOT D coz she hv chosen to not talk to her parents

not B coz what i remember having child or married higher factor than work
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according to what i read , and seeing the question

NOT D coz she hv chosen to not talk to her parents

not B coz what i remember having child or married higher factor than work
ok, so here's the thing. I excluded D. I was left with "full-time work" and "married". I haven't heard (either in Kaplan videos) nor read (KLN, FA) which one is superior - hence I posted the question here to see if there is any hierarchy.
To me actually working full-time and supporting yourself would be more emancipating than just being married. But that's just me

Any other input would be highly appreciated
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I guess D IS THE r8 answer
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Living separately and a fulltime job is something that can be subject to interpretation. The more important thing is: Is the minor able to support themselves financially? It doesn't matter if she's unemployed and her hubby is the one that works. She's emancipated as long as they can support themselves without taking financial assistance from her parents. It doesnt matter where you live. If you live in your parents house and pay a share of the lease, then you're emancipated.

Marriage is the best possible answer. If you're married,then you're emancipated, no questions asked. You cant be "a little married" or "somewhat married".

That's my understanding, atleast. Whats the answer?
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Living separately and a fulltime job is something that can be subject to interpretation. The more important thing is: Is the minor able to support themselves financially?
Hmm.. doesn't supporting yourself mean working=earning money and hence being able to pay your rent/bills/living expenses?
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the correct answer is E) and here's how they explain it:

Emancipation is a legal definition though which minors become independent of their parents and are free to make medical decisions for themselves. A minor, which is a legal condition defined by age, can generally acquire emancipation through court order or marriage. These situations usually suggest that the minor will be financially independent of his or her parents. This patient is married and is therefore emancipated.

Answer B is incorrect. Full-time work suggests that the patient is financially independent, but taken alone it is not proof of emancipation.

Source: FA Q&A

I posted this question because I have recently watched Kaplan videos on Behav sc and I was 99% sure they said that working and supporting yourself financially is alone a proof of emancipation.
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Hmm.. doesn't supporting yourself mean working=earning money and hence being able to pay your rent/bills/living expenses?
In this case, yes. But I'm just saying in general, working fulltime need not imply emancipation. Living separately need not imply emancipation. Marriage, working in the army or a voluntary release by parents=emancipation(by law).
That being said, if you get an exam question which says the patient is living away from their parents and supports themselves, you would probably, IMO, say that they're emancipated.

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That being said, if you get an exam question which says the patient is living away from their parents and supports themselves, you would probably, IMO, say that they're emancipated.

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