• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


(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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Healthcare section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

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.


Marked by teacher Sam Morran 08/10/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Healthcare essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Development Through the Life Stages

    3 star(s)

    At the age of seventeen they become young men and women, who maybe bigger than parent and capable of having children themselves. At the seeped of these changes, adolescences become more concerned about their appearance. They might need reassurance, especially if they are not maturing as faster as their friends or feeling uncomfortable with their changes.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Factors that influence child development

    3 star(s)

    They may also find it hard to communicate with others making them sad and lonely they may also display anti-social behaviour as a result of this. As katie's mother works as a childminder, Katie benefited from this when she was younger as there was children her own age for her to play and interact with and learn from.

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Describe the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development for each of the life stages ...

    3 star(s)

    These factors can be family, culture and friends. Dr Ray Blanchard, of the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto also stated that boys who have older brothers tend to have a bigger chance of becoming gay. Another argument concerned by the nature-nurture debate is twin studies.

  2. Personal & professional development in Health & Social care.n this assignment I am going ...

    maths class and complete the work that has been set for me. 5. Conclusion: I could have done more practice tests on paper or online to test my own knowledge and learn from my mistakes. 6. Action plan: I can try to practice more on the harder questions for example

  1. For Early years and education A04 I am going to plan and carry out ...

    I think that one hour is an appropriate amount of time to allow for the activity to take place as it will give plenty of time to complete the activity in. The times which I have inserted into the table below are just approximate times which we will be aiming to complete the activity in.

  2. Unit 21 Nutrition for health and social care

    Because the body cannot manufacture calcium, you must eat calcium in your daily diet to replace the amounts that are constantly lost. Calcium is also used in muscle contraction, blood clotting, and maintenance of cell membranes. Long-term calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, in which the bone deteriorates and there is an increased risk of fractures.

  1. Unit 4 P4, P5 & D2. Development Through The Life Stages

    reduce your ability to maintain body temperature which could lead to illnesses such as hypothermia the sweat glands produce less sweat this could make it harder to keep cool and could increase their risk of becoming over heated or developing heat stroke.

  2. Unit 10 caring for children and young people

    They provide support and advice for adults and professionals if they are concerned about a child. They work with organisations to make sure that they will effectively achieve protection of children and young people and campaign for changes to legislation for the protection and rights of every individual child.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work