The Nature of Nurture

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How family experiences operate relative to genes in researching child development examined on 6 December

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 5 December 2011

Our parents have a huge impact on how we grow up, but at his professorial inaugural lecture a University of Leicester psychologist will examine how we separate the influence of genetics from that of the family environment in childhood development.

Professor Gordon Harold will give his talk ‘The Nature of Nurture: Utilizing Genetically Sensitive Research Designs to Inform Family Focused Policies and Practices’ on 6 December. He hopes to illuminate examination of the relative roles of genetic and family relationship influences on children’s emotional and behavioural development.

He will highlight research studies that have accounted for genetic influences in order to compare the role of several recognised family relationship influences (inter-parental conflict, negative parenting practices) with genetically inherited factors on children’s emotional and behavioural development.

Gordon Harold is Professor of Behavioural Genetics and Developmental Psychopathology in the School of Psychology at the University of Leicester. Originally from Dublin, his primary research interests focus on the role of the family as a context for understanding children’s normal and abnormal psychological development, genetic influences on children’s emotional and behavioural development, practice and policy applications of research relating to family influences on children’s development, and the application of statistical modelling techniques to the analysis of longitudinal data.

He is presently involved in several ongoing longitudinal projects including studies examining the interplay between genetic and family environmental factors on children’s mental health, the early origins of childhood aggression and disruptive behaviour disorders, the long-term impact of domestic violence on children’s psychological development and the implementation of effective intervention programs aimed at assisting children in the context of parental separation and divorce.

Professor Harold’s lecture takes place on 6 December from 5.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1 in the Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester, and is free and open to the public.

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For further information please contact Professor Harold on 0116 229 7198

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