Is Anti-Social Behaviour a Result of Genetic Inheritance or Your Environment and Upbringing?

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Is anti-social behaviour a result of genetic inheritance or your environment and upbringing?

The debate of the cause of anti-social behaviour has been ongoing for many years between scientist’s, professionals and the general public. Experts disagree over whether genetics, environment or home life plays the greater role in anti-social behaviour. The general opinion over all of why people turn to violence and anti-social behaviour focuses on family breakdown, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, unemployment. However, in recent years scientist’s have shed a fascinating light on the underlining causes of crime in youth today by asking whether violence is a symptom of a mental illness or an underdeveloped brain. There are also other possibilities such as genetic inheritance, for example Aspergers syndrome (ASD), irresponsible behaviours of the mother during pregnancy, such as smoking, drug abuse or drinking alcohol which can cause alcohol foetal syndrome head injuries, medical conditions also could just be down to a persons diet. Furthermore a parent’s attitude and life style can make a massive impact on a child’s behavioural and social skills. If the mother is a single parent or uneducated or their own childhood was traumatised has to be taken into consideration. Physical and verbal abuse appears be the main reason for antisocial behavior in society today. People who experience abuse are at risk of having great difficulties in socializing and general day to day life, resulting in antisocial symptoms like anxiety attacks or becoming violent. If a child experiences abuse early in their life for a short period of time they are more able to overcome these issues. If the abuse is over a long period of time they are more likely to develop these problems. In addition, inconsistent discipline and lack of supervision have been found to be associated with the development of antisocial behaviors in young people. The environment outside of the family may contribute to...
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