Genetics vs. environmental causes for my emotionally challenging child

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Genetics vs. environmental causes for my emotionally challenging child

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You know what? A lot of parents are often searching for is what caused my behaviorally challenging child to be challenging. And they are often fishing around for environmental explanations. You can always find something that happened environmentally in a child's life that you feel can explain why he is challenging. They are often looking for genetic explanations. You can always find somebody in the gene pool who was behaviorally challenging or had difficulties. Everybody's got an Uncle Harry in their family that they're pointing to and saying, we hope he doesn't turn out like Uncle Harry. The reality: everything's 100% nature and 100% nurture. Everything is 100% environment and 100% genetic. And I actually don't spend a lot of time trying to answer with great precision because nobody can answer this question with great precision, how did my child get to be this way? Everything's environment. Everything's genetic. Good. Now that we've settled that question, let's move on to what skills this kid is lacking and what unsolved problems are setting in motion his challenging episodes so that we can get to work.

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Ross W. Greene, PhD

Psychologist, Author & Researcher

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the author of the well-known books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, and the originator of a model of care (now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions) emphasizing collaboration between kids and adults in resolving the problems contributing to children’s behavioral challenges.  He is also associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, on the professional staff at the Cambridge Hospital, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and senior lecturer in the graduate program in school psychology in the Department of Education at Tufts University.  Dr. Greene founded the non-profit Lives in the Balance to provide free, web-based resources on his model and to advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers.  He lectures widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and two kids.

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