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Nature versus Nurture Introduction There has been constant debate between scientists about the influence of the environment on children The other philosophy is what of the influence of environment over nature This debate has raged for decades Current scientists are no closer to ending the debate Physical Appearance Nature Physical appearance is determined by genetics The chromosomes from our mother and father combine to create an individual with their own set of genes These genes determine height weight skin color and hair color and eye color Genetics are also believed to contribute to intelligence as well as birth defects and possibly sexual orientation Nurture Environment plays an important part in physical development Economics culture nutrition and medical intervention all add to the development of the child If the parents or caregivers are not educated in the importance of health and medical intervention the child may become under nourished and lack proper protection from childhood diseases Proper growth of bones and muscle and tissue is not present Behavior Nature Heredity plays a strong part of an infants temperament How the child reacts to certain experiences and how the childs sensory feelings allow him to play out the situation Behavior Nurture The child learns social referencing from the caregiversparents The environment of the culture economic standing and self esteem of those around the child will set the way that the child will learn to behave in a situation Social referencing plays a part of how the child learns to control his behavior by mimicking those around him Personality Nature Personalities can be a strong part of the genetic make up of the child Traits of the parents are passed on in the term of goodness of fit How often might we hear from a parentcaregiver how good wound-up or distressed an infant may be This is the babys genetic
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