The Psychology Field Of Study About Nature And Nurture Essay

2019 Words Mar 9th, 2015 9 Pages
It remains an ongoing debate in the psychology field of study about nature and nurture. Behavior is defined by either nature, biological and genetic traits; or it is defined by nurture, learned behavior through the environment conditioning. Some believe that in certain behaviors, one outweighs the other. But what if there are cases where there is an irresistible balance of both that contribute to human behavior? This balance happens to be found in the crime of murdered children by their parents. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, 450 children are killed every year by their parents. The majority of the children were under the age of five, beaten or injured causing death, and were killed by their father. Fathers are culprits 70% of the time (Hoyer & Pompa, 2014). Mothers are less likely to murder, but their acts remain intriguing; they are biologically nurturing, but there are many factors against them more than males that the justice system accepts, which excuses them from being punished for the act of killing their children. This leads to very few convictions and punishment, and mostly mental treatment. There are biological and societal factors that effects the ability for a mother to be nurturing. These factors drive them to kill their children, and excuses them from being convicted and confined in the justice system. The purpose of this paper is to examine the characteristics and behavior of mothers who kill their children, analyze…

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