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There are many factors, which affect the way in which we develop. These can include genetic information or what's happening in the environment around us. Many people have different ideas, on the idea of personal development, in relation to the nature, nurture debate. Major events in our lives can affect us in many ways without realising it. I am going to explain and discuss how life factors and events may influence the development of an individual. P4-There is many influences upon the development of an individual there are three main areas to consider they are genetic factors, environmental factors and socio economic factors. Firstly the environmental factors can include things such as pollution in the air around us, access to certain facilities such as the health service, or leisure facilities, the town that we live in is important and even the school we attend. Children who live in deprived or disadvantaged circumstances may have their development affected; this could be things such as poor home situation, if our r home is unsafe or is cold and damp it is likely to affected our development. ...read more.

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Children are immediately affected by the behaviour of other people in there family. However people in the family are influenced by wider issues, such as culture and economics. P4- The next factor that can influence our development is genetic causes or inherited characteristics. The way in which we grow is often linked to inheritance. Height and build are both controlled by numerous genes. An individuals height, for example may depend on the portion of tall and short genes that they have inherited from their parents. Taller parents will have more tall genes and are therefore more likely to have taller children. ((Stretch, 2006) P4- The genes we have from our parents, controls the sequence of human development, so we develop and learn how to walk and how to talk, these abilities unfold out from within a growing child. (D2) When the unfolding process happens and we learn to talk and walk it is known as maturation. Maturation is not just about genetics it is also the environment a person grows up in will influence how we develop. ...read more.

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therefore he agrees more strongly with the nurture side of the debate. M3-The earlier a particular ability appears, the more likely it is to be under the influence of genetic factors. However the fact that it develops some time after birth does not necessarily mean it has been learnt, as it could take time to mature. Different people believe different things regarding the nature, nurture debate, Rose et al concluded that "Genes do not determine intelligence, there is no one to one correspondent between the genes inherited from parents. What we inherit is the genotype the genes which are involved in the development of a particular trait. The first principle of development genetics is that every organism is a unique product of the interaction between genes and the environment at every stage of life." (Gross,2004, quoted page 736) (M3) from Roses theory I feel they are saying without the genetic side you cannot consider the environment side of things as they work together. (Gross, 2004) Gross Richard, (2004) Psychology The Mind Of Science And Behaviour, Hodder & Stoughton, Great Britain. Stretch Beryl (2006) BTEC National Health Studies, Heinemann, Great Britain. Btrain Christine (2000) Advanced Subsidiary Pyschology approaches and methods. Edexcel, Great Britain Lucy Elson Lifespan Development Michelle Bradley ...read more.

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