Nature vs. Nurture and Sexual Abuse

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The nature versus nurture debate is far from clear-cut. The idea itself consists on whether nature, being our nervous systems and genes, or nurture, being our surrounding environments and influences, model us as human beings. There is a lot of gray area when it comes to what traits about people are caused by what. For instance, does the fact that his father sexually abused his child make the child more likely to also be a sexual offender? This kind of question is exactly the kind that is usually discussed with nature vs. nurture.
Specifically for this blog post, I'm going to focus on Nature vs. Nurture in regards to sexual abuse in families. The question posed is how do you prove that this trait is likely to run in a sexually abused child. Will they become a sex offender because they witnessed it growing up, or because it was in their genetic code from the beginning? The idea of nature vs. nurture can really never honestly be proved it can only lean maybe one way stronger than the other, but one can never know for sure.
The articles attached are the articles is particular I'd like to discuss. This first article describes how important proper development for a child is in their early stages of life. That if proper care is not given it will cause issues in proper brain functioning and development. This article is saying that childhood abuse and its effects are nature, because their later behaviors are derived from malfunctions in the human mind and parts of the brain that have not been developed properly. The second article discusses a specific study of people affected by abuse, and looked at their likelihood to be involved with violence and then abuse themselves. It turned out that a large amount of women affected by sexual abuse fell to violent and drug tendencies and in turn repeated the abuse later in life. This article proves the nurture side of the argument that a person can be conditioned to think that abuse is the way about life
From these articles it leaves one still wondering does sexual abuse fall to stereotyping? It would be beneficial from here to take the research to the next level by separating stereotypes and seeing if the information still correlates. It would also help to look at those who from a good home who became abusive to find then where those tendencies initiated.

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This page contains a single entry by jeske035 published on September 28, 2011 10:50 AM.

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