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4 Development in a social context

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Although many of the paths and manifestations of human development are influenced by, and at times are heavily determined by genetic factors, it is important to consider how the social and family context of an individual can allow for or inhibit the presence or absence of certain characteristics. This section looks at some of the social and environmental factors that can on occasions drive and influence development.