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Evaluate the nature-nurture debate in relation to the development of an individual

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BND Health and Social Care Unit 4- Development through the life stages D1- Evaluate the nature-nurture debate in relation to the development of an individual Is a person's development mainly influenced by their biological inheritance? Or could the majority of the influence be found in the person's environment? Questions similar to these are possibly one of the oldest theories debated, mainly in psychology (Bee, 2004). This is known as the nature versus nurture debate. Nowadays it has been accepted many that most parts of a person's development are shaped by the interaction of both nature and nurture. This can be said because both sides of the nature/nurture argument provide strong evidence on how each fact influences development. Each side also takes into account very important details and good explanations for reasons in which nurture or nature control how we develop. (A.Bell, 2002). A nature account of development, which is also known as heredity, focuses on what someone is born with or traits which have been passed down from parents through your genes. ...read more.

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(www.objana.com/natnurt). In a way nature can be seen as our genetic gift, which gives us physical traits such as hair colour, eye colour and form of our body. It also identifies the different emotions and motivations we are likely to experience. However, a new can't encounter, unless there is some sort of change to our genes. So, in a way genes give us our certain traits, although it is a matter of whether or not we carry out our certain inherited qualities. The other side of the debate is nurture. A nurture account of development, also known as environment focuses on influences from the environment which shape development and behaviour, (B.Stretch, 2007). One way of illustrating the nature side of this debate in relation to an individual's development is their family surrounding. The family that an individual comes from is very important to their development, this then gives the nurture perspective another reason why the environment is important. ...read more.

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They were quite alike because of there heredity, however they were different because of the way they were brought up in different environments. (G.Shoesmith, 2003) Overall, nature and nurture are tied to together with one another, mostly in ways that cannot be seen and it is confusing and stressful trying to work out which one creates an individual as a whole. I believe that both sides of the debate are equally important when it come to influencing an individual's development. Our genetic inheritance are vital as it is the basis of what kind of people we are, but the environment can alter and develop a person even more. It seems that this battle between nature and nurture will go on for a very long time because both sides can be easily backed with sufficient evidence. Some say and agree that nature and nurture are both major influences to the development of behaviour. This is because we receive our genes our family. Whether we realise it our not, nature and nurture are mixed in with each other, influencing traits for everyone. ...read more.

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This is a rather short and simple argument of Nature v Nurture. It is correct in its content but it does not really include as much as it could.

There is an awful lot of research on development and its influences and the work could easily be enhanced through a bit more discussion.

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