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Nurture Assumption Debate

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Nurture Assumption Debate

Nurture Assumption Debate

Nurture Assumption Debate

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GUESTS: Judith Harris Author, The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out The Way They Do; Parents Matter Less Than You Think and Peers Matter More [Free Press, 1998] Dr. Jerome Kagan Professor of Human Development, Harvard University Author, The Nature of the Child [Basic Books, 1994] How much influence do parents have on their children's lives? Not much,according to the latest psychological theory. Except for passing their genes along, parents play a far less potent role on the way their kids turn out than do a child's peers, this theory goes. The nature/nurture question has been around for a long time, but this new idea is reigniting the debate.