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A Girl’s Childhood: Psychological Development, Social Change, and The Yale Child Study Center

Linda C. Mayes and Stephen Lassonde


Sixty years ago, a group of prominent psychoanalysts, developmentalists, pediatricians, and educators at the Yale Child Study Center joined together with the purpose of formulating a general psychoanalytic theory of children's early development. The group's members composed detailed narratives about their work with the study's children, interviewed families regularly and visited them in their homes, and over the course of a decade met monthly for discussion. This book considers the significance of the Child Study Center's landmark study from various perspectives, focusing particularly on one c ... More

Keywords: children, Yale Child Study Center, psychoanalytic theory, early development, gender, relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300117592
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117592.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda C. Mayes, editor
Yale Child Study Center

Stephen Lassonde, editor
Harvard University

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