The Nature-Nurture Debate and Public Policy.


Journal Article

The contentious nature-nurture debate in developmental psychology is poised to reach a rapprochement with contemporary concepts of gene-environment interaction, transaction, and fit. Discoveries over the past decade have revealed how neither genes nor the environment offers a sufficient window into human development. Rather, the most important discoveries have come from unearthing the manner in which the environment alters gene expression (and how genes impose limits on environmental effects), how biology and the environment influence each other across time, and how maximizing gene-environment fit leads to optimal outcomes for children. The manner in which these factors operate in tandem should direct future scholarship, practice, and public policy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dodge, KA

Published Date

  • October 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 418 - 427

PubMed ID

  • 20011615

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20011615

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-0266

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0272-930X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/mpq.2004.0028


  • eng