The Catalyst Model Is Shaped By A Combination Of Genetics And Learning

2208 Words Dec 13th, 2016 9 Pages
The catalyst model, as described in Ferguson & Beaver (2009), is a model that “suggests that personality is shaped by a combination of genetics and learning, in which family or care-giving influences are predominant.” As such the model straddles the individual level because of the focus on genetics, as well as the relationship level, which focuses on behaviors that one can learn from people close to the individual. For the purposes of my argument, I am going to focus on the genetic component of the catalyst model. The individual level of the social ecological model focuses on causes of violence that include factors related to yourself and not others, such as genetics. Genetics are personal to every individual, and as such, the genetic component of the catalyst model could be considered an individual component. Clint’s personality is certainly a combination of genetics and learned behavior. The incident report states that Clint had an absent father growing up because his father is in prison for felony assault. That is indicative of a genetic predisposition for committing violence. Even without learning or imitating the behavior from his father, if Clint’s father assaulted someone, he had violent tendencies, which genetically could be a reason why Clint was violent as well. The individual level also encompasses personality, which is a factor of the catalyst model. Clint embodied a violent personality, as the incident report specifically described him as a “moody and…

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