Relate the following statement to humans and think about the personal and social implications.A high-nurturing rat mother shapes her pup's epigenome. This shows us how parental behavior can shape...

Relate the following statement to humans and think about the personal and social implications.

A high-nurturing rat mother shapes her pup's epigenome. This shows us how parental behavior can shape the behavior of their offspring on a biochemical level. So please relate this to humans and think about the personal and social implications.

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Relating this statement to humans, two negative personal and social implications come to mind: attachment disorder and failure to thrive. Failure to thrive refers to a child's inability to grow properly or gain the proper amount of weight. This disorder has organic and nonorganic causes, but one of the nonorganic causes is related to not receiving the proper nurturing from a caregiver. So, if a human child were to have a non-nurturing mother or caregiver, one of the negative side effects could be failure to thrive.

Attachment disorder is a more inclusive term that refers to various disorders in mood, behavior and social relationships that are also related to poor nurturing from a primary caregiver in early childhood. Attachment disorder results from abuse, neglect or abrupt separation from caregivers or sometimes frequent change of caregivers or excessive numbers of caregivers, or lack of caregiver responsiveness to the child. Such a disorder is very difficult to overcome later in life and leads to all sorts of adult dysfunction.

You should do some research into this and you will find that low-nurturing leads to all sorts of problems for humans.