The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1989. Although by 1996 it has been ratified by 167 countries, the United States is not among this group of countries. The Convention raises complex policy challenges for the United States and the international community. This article gives an overview of 6 articles appearing in this issue of the American Psychologist that address some of these policy challenges from philosophical, legal, political, constitutional, methodological, and cross-cultural perspectives. Perceived strengths of the Convention, as well as potential pitfalls for its successful implementation in different types of contexts, are examined.
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