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Relationship Between Environment and Childhood Trauma Katelynn Sanchez West Coast University 1
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Abstract Lifespan development is a field of Psychology studied by many psychologists. It involves the changes occurring between conception and death of a human being. There are different levels of this field including childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This paper focuses majorly on the adolescence stage and mainly on the major causes of Suicides among young people around today. These suicides have been on the increase. We look at the major causes of deaths among adolescents such as depression and whether these causes are connected to the three domain of lifespan development. What are some of the relationships between genetics and environment, and the effects of childhood traumas? 2
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Lifespan development is the development or changes that occur in our life spans, i.e., between conception and death. It has three major domains. These domains include: Physical development, Psychological development, and Social development. Physical development refers to the physical growth of a human being. It covers topics such as genetics, hormonal changes, physical growth, illnesses, and diseases. Body growth is the changes in the size, shape, weight, and height of a person. Genes are the biological traits a person inherits from their parents. The first two years of a human being mark the most significant motor change while adolescence marks the most significant hormonal changes. Some of the physical disabilities are inherited from the parents while environmental factors and lifestyle influence some of them. Psychological development encompasses the emotional and cognitive aspects of development. Cognitive development involves intelligence, memory, and language learning aspect of development and it significantly occurs during one's childhood. Phillips, S. F. (2009) states that this domain of development is highly influenced by the genetic traits acquired from the parents and the environmental factors surrounding the child. These characteristics are later solidified during adolescence and adulthood. On the other hand, emotional development involves changes in how people identify and react to emotions. It encompasses values like love, hatred, compassion and other intangible values. The emotional development depends on different factors including how the child is brought up, who they relate with and how they are taught to connect with other people.
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