Nature/nurture

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  • Nature/nurture debate
    • Debate about influences on human behaviour
    • Nature: Genetic inheritence
      • E.G- eye colour, hair colour etc
    • Nurture: External influences on development
      • E.G- Environment child grows up in
    • Gesell's maturation theory
      • Interested in children's biological behaviour
      • Observed large number of children to find the skills and abilities that most children had at each age group
        • His findings were used to establish 'norms' for each developmental aspect
    • Stress Diathesis model
      • Helps to explain how stress caused by life events (nurture( can interact with an individuals genetic vulnerability (nature) to impact on their mental wellbeing

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