A Girl’s ChildhoodPsychological Development, Social Change, and The Yale Child Study Center

A Girl’s ChildhoodPsychological Development, Social Change, and The Yale Child Study Center

Linda C. Mayes and Stephen Lassonde

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780300117592

Publisher: Yale University Press

Abstract

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 child's unfolding sense of herself, her gender, and her relationships.