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A Girl’s ChildhoodPsychological Development, Social Change, and The Yale Child Study Center$
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Linda C. Mayes and Stephen Lassonde

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300117592

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300117592.001.0001

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Thinking about Methods: Longitudinal Research and the Reorientation of the Postwar American Mental Sciences

Thinking about Methods: Longitudinal Research and the Reorientation of the Postwar American Mental Sciences

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A Girl’s Childhood
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Andrew M. Fearnley

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117592.003.0003

This chapter analyzes the Yale Longitudinal Study (YLS)—which documented the early and middle childhood years of a dozen children in New Haven County, Connecticut—within the context of other similar studies that were carried out during the middle decades of the twentieth century. It shows how the YLS became a popular tool for many practitioners in the field of child psychiatry from the 1950s through the mid-1970s when investigating children's cognitive, social, and emotional development. It also examines the role played by the YLS in the transformation of research on children within the mental sciences in the post-World War II era. The chapter argues that longitudinal research was embraced by child psychiatrists because it offered a means of accurately documenting the psychological phenomena involved in child development, including ego formation, development of individuality, and mother-child interactions.

Keywords:   longitudinal research, Yale Longitudinal Study, child psychiatry, children, mental sciences, child development, ego, individuality, mother-child interactions

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