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In the article below, what is the impact of nature and nurture in...

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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM via web

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In the article below, what is the impact of nature and nurture in temperament?

http://focus.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=53128

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM (Answer #1)

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The researchers found both nature and nurture factors in the development of temperament. Citing a study among Finnish children, the observe that certain genetic combinations are more likely to experience issues in temperament given a negative environment in the home. Even with these genetic combinations present, children who had a positive, nurturing environment in the home were not likely to develop temperament issues. Moreover, children without certain genotypes were less likely than those who had them to develop temperamental disorders given a negative environment in the home. So both genetic and environmental factors contribute to temperament, and they often interact to intensify the effect of the other.

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