Jukes Family and Kallikak Family nurture and nature

Feb 3rd, 2012
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The Jukes family and the Kallikak family have been subjects of studies pertaining to the nature versus nurture issue and crime. Current studies have been collected that show that juveniles who are raised in families where family members have been incarcerated have an increased likelihood of following the same path. Are the characteristics of offenders carried down through families? Is it nature or nurture? Look at these studies, and describe the characteristics. Try to explain both sides of the issue (both nature and nurture) that bring out the characteristics of people who are more likely to go to jail.

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Jukes Family and Kallikak FamilyNameClassDateProfessorJukes Family and Kallikak Family The nurture and nature debate involves differing opinions in the psychological community concerning whether or not a person is born with a blank slate in the nature argument or the person is born with a genetic predisposition to act in a certain why. While science has proven that physical characteristics are genetic the question of whether or not behaviors that are displayed by the criminal are the result of environmental or genetic influence is still a big question in society. Research has shown that juvenile with family members that have been incarcerated are far more likely to end up imprisoned but despite this knowledge the question is still the same did the influence of the family member in the environment of the juvenile create the criminal behavior or was the juvenile born to be a criminal. In order to determine what side of the debate is most accurate many different studies have been conducted. The Kallikak family is one study where psychologist Henry Goddard looked at the descendents of one man, David Hothersall that had sexual relations with two women creating two different and distinct lines of descendants. With his wife, a god fearing Quaker women he had children as well as with a feebleminded barmaid. The two lineages were studied in order to determine the number of people in each lineage that would be considered inferior. In the lineage with

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