Thanks for the support and the feedback.
I have been giving a lot of thought to the nature vs. nurture debate. I am interested in what happens in utero when a developing child is not only exposed to stimulant drugs, but to antisocial behavior. This is not a judgment call as I am all for the expression of the self, among consenting adults--but what does it mean when you are floating inside the uterus and your biological parents are really messed up. Will their behavior leech into the cord feeding this child and then leave a permanent mark of which nothing can erase?
When I was younger, I was firmly in the "nurture" camp. No gray areas. Sheer will and determination would overcome most pathalogical behavior. Now, I am not too sure.
There has been research on this in the U.S. since 1925 and the results are skewed since the methodology in the longtitudinal study was inconsistent. The closest and most compelling research has been done in Denmark and with a sample size of almost 15,000 adoptees. Researchers found that adopted-away sons had an elevated risk of having a court conviction if their biological parent, rather than their adoptive parent, had one or more court convictions (14.7%).
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