Nature vs. Nurture

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Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick, the famous identical twins from the movie The Parent Trap, were separated at a young age by their divorcing parents. Sharon grew up in Boston to a socialite mother while Susan grew up in California on her father’s ranch. Sharon had structure while Susan’s life was very laid back. They looked the same and liked many of the same things, yet their personalities were very different. What is responsible for these differences? Is it simply that they are two different people with different interests and preferences? Or did the environments that they grew up in play a part in making who they are? In the nature vs. nurture controversy, nature proclaims that our genetic make-up plays the primary role in human …show more content…
Advances in science today suggest neither nature nor nurture is exclusively responsible, but instead an interactive relationship between our genes and environmental influences. The influence that nurture has upon nature is a new and blooming field called behavioral epigenetics. The Effects of Maternal Depression on Young Children
In Genetic Liability, Environment, and the Development of Fussiness in Toddlers: The Roles of Maternal Depression and Parental Responsiveness by Natsuaki, M.N., et al, the aim of the study was to investigate the relationship of genetic and environmental contributions in the transmission of maternal depression to emotional development in early childhood.
Subjects
This study included 361 families, each of whom adopted a child. Participants were the adoptive parents, the adopted child and the birth mother. One of the best studies to distinguish between what is caused by genetics and what is caused by environment is an adoption study, as there is a very distinct differentiation between nature and nurture. (Natsuaki, et al.)
Method
There were 33 adoption agencies from 10 states in three areas of the U.S. The participants came from a broad range of adoption agencies, a wide variety of races and backgrounds. The majority of the adoptive parents were in their 30’s while the average age of birth mothers was 24. The majority of the adoptive parents were Caucasian while

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