IQ and Genetics

IQ ve Genetik

IQ has genetic foundations, yet genes do not mean fate. The IQ development of a child is substantially affected by the environmental conditions the child lives in, educational life and upbringing of the child, the richness of the stimuli the child is exposed to, the levels of culture and education of the parents, in addition to genetic factors.

When the insufficient levels of income of the parents are analyzed, an unhealthy life style that occurs based on the level of income can constitute challenges in providing the toys, education and food that would be beneficial for the personal development of the child. Nonetheless, when the child is provided with the aforementioned opportunities, it is likely to see an increase in the IQ level of the child.

Factors in every part of the life, particularly insufficient intake of food at early ages, consumption of food with low nutritional value, parents or child being exposed to toxins, being exposed to trauma or diseases, early schooling age, insufficient breastfeeding, are among other important issues that could affect the development of IQ.

REFERENCES:
– Genes are not destiny: environment and education still matter when it comes to intelligence, Kate Lynch
– The nature and nurture of high IQ: An extended sensitive period for intellectual development, Chrissie Long, December 17, 2013
– Explaining IQ: Nature, Nurture, or Both?, Lyndsay T Wilson
– Helen, B., & Boyd, D. (1981). The developing child. Singapore Journal of Education, 37.

Prof. Dr. Kemal Arıkan
Psychiatrist