QuestionAnswered step-by-stepA. Since 1978, researchers have studied a particular family whose...A.Since 1978, researchers have studied a particular family whose members have one thing in common. They share a marked inability to control their impulses, although they all have normal IQ's. For example, one brother raped his sister and later, in a mental institution, he stabbed a warden in the chest
A. Since 1978, researchers have studied a particular family whose...
Since 1978, researchers have studied a particular family whose members have one thing in common. They share a marked inability to control their impulses, although they all have normal IQ's. For example, one brother raped his sister and later, in a mental institution, he stabbed a warden in the chest with a pitchfork. Another relative tried to run his boss down with a car. Two other relatives were firebugs and still another had a habit of creeping into his sisters' bedroom and forcing them, at knifepoint, to undress. According to one of the researchers, "This is the first example showing a specific gene that changes the behavior of individuals."
4. Can you explain which factors contributing to aggression are supported by this finding?
5. Suppose we replaced the defective gene in these particular family members and they still couldn't control their impulses. What other factors would explain their inability to control their impulses?
In a small, rural, mostly white town in northern Indiana, about 15 local teenage girls were accused of "acting black" when they began wearing hip-hop clothes to high school. In rural Indiana, hip-hop clothes were considered "black" clothes because they were popularized by black rappers on MTV. Several of the hip-hop girls dropped out of school because other students verbally threatened and continually harassed them about wearing black clothes and braiding their hair. One student said, "These girls are acting like blacks. But, they're not black, so why should they act like it? It's not right."
1. Can you explain the concept that is demonstrated in the behaviors of the other students toward the hip-hop girls?
2. Why isn't prejudice the correct answer?
About half of the American population has learned a set of negative beliefs that result in a dislike and fear of gays. In fact, in 1994, the most frequently committed hate crime in the U.S. was directed toward gays. Some of the strongest antigay beliefs remain fixed in religion, especially among conservative Christian and Jewish denominations. Examples of antigay beliefs include: gays are immoral, gays are mentally ill, gays are child molesters, and gays destroy family values. For the past 25 years, the American Mental Health profession has maintained that, based on their research, homosexuality is a normal variation of sexual behavaior.
6. What concept describes the widely held negative beliefs toward gays?
7. How do schemas explain why half of the American population believes that homosexuality is abnormal?