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. Some examples of nature (or heredity) could be eye colour, height and behaviour. It is believed to determine an individual’s personality, appearance and other traits because of the fact that it is all genetically down. ( M.Eysenick, 2004)