Nature Vs. Nurture Essay by Write Fine

Nature Vs. Nurture
A look at the nature vs. nurture debate regarding the development of criminal behavior in children.
# 112123 | 1,240 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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The paper relates that both nature and nurture contribute, albeit unequally, to individuals that indulge in sociopathic, criminal and antisocial behavior. The paper explores the research that shows how an individual can have a genetic predisposition to crime, where the combination of gene products and biological processes result in a lack of inhibition and results in impulsive and aggressive behavior. The paper then shows how an individual who is brought up in an environment where the opportunities are lacking will also exhibit antisocial behavior and criminal tendencies.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brunner, H. G., et al. "Abnormal Behavior Associated with a Point Mutation in the Structural Gene for Monoamine Oxidase A." Science 262.5133 (1993): 578-80.
  • Holmes, S. E., J. R. Slaughter, and J. Kashani. "Risk Factors in Childhood That Lead to the Development of Conduct Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder." Child Psychiatry and Human Development 31 (2001): 183-93.
  • Joseph, J. "Is Crime in the Genes? A Critical Review of Twin and Adoption Studies of Criminality and Antisocial Behavior." The Journal of Mind and Behavior 22 (2001): 179-218.
  • Morley, K., and W. Hall. "Is There a Genetic Susceptibility to Engage in Criminal Acts?" Australian Institute of Criminology: Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice 263 (2003): 1-6.
  • Pinker, Steven. The Blank Slate : The Modern Denial of Human Nature. New York: Viking, 2002.

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