Stages in human development are characterized by social behavior and mental functions that shape direction life takes. Elements such as cognition, emotion, perception, personality and behavior among others can be deduced in every stage of human development (Lerner 2002).
In addition, interpersonal skills and brain functions change along the development stages. This paper seeks to establish the relationship between the said developments in human beings and the health practice
Determinism is the philosophical concept asserting causal determination of all events. Implication of determinism is that events such as behavior, decision and human cognition is fully predictable through previous events.
Among the branches of determinism, biologism closely links with human development. Alberts (2009) asserts that biologism interprets human life strictly from biological perspective. The said theory credits genetical composition in determining behavior and change within the human system.
For instance, particular tastes in music and urge to commit murder among other personality traits are purely mediated by genetical makeup of individuals. According to determinists, health practice needs to fully understand the genetical forces that propel behavior in human development. All ill health therefore originate from reaction of the genetical make-ups of specific individuals and which can actually be predetermined.
Reduction theory is a philosophical concept that defines complex systems as sum of their constituent parts. An account of complex system can therefore be reduced to account of the constituent parts. The said systems could be objects, explanations, theories and phenomena.
The study of cell biology in particularly has a link between human development and by extension the associated health practice. Knowledge of cell components and associated functionality is indispensable in biological sciences such as health practice.
Study of small spatial units builds up knowledge of complex systems such as human beings. Health practice depends on study of behavior and functioning of individual cells so as to constitute the bank of knowledge that would explain the complex human system
(Rosenberg & McShea 2008).
In conclusion, determinism and reductionism theories closely relates to human development. In addition, the two theoretical frameworks explain the causal factors in human development which are necessary in health practice. The medical practitioners need to understand the genetical composition and cell biology for successful practice (Matthews et al. 2009)
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