ERIC Number: EJ913845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 49
The Profound Power of Groups
Brendtro, Larry K.; Mitchell, Martin L.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v19 n3 p5-10 2010
Decades of studies show that children's behavior is shaped by relationships in the "social ecology" of family, peers, school, and community. But in recent decades the prevailing scientific dogma was that genes determine destiny. Now it is clear that experience changes genes. For better or worse, environmental experiences including nutrition, stress, emotions, and learning can modify the genes. The knowledge that experience shapes genes can also provide new hope for healing and building resilient brain pathways.
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Genetics, Environmental Influences, Nutrition, Stress Variables, Psychological Patterns, Brain, Group Dynamics, Democracy, Leaders, Leadership, Group Membership, Interpersonal Relationship, Group Unity, Prosocial Behavior, Attachment Behavior, Bullying, Peer Influence, Aggression, Peer Groups, Mental Disorders
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