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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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The Right Place (and Persons) at the Right Time

The Right Place (and Persons) at the Right Time

(p.95) 4 The Right Place (and Persons) at the Right Time
A Girl’s Childhood

Linda C. Mayes

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the intellectual background and origins of the Yale Longitudinal Study (YLS). It begins with the establishment in 1911 of the Yale Psycho-Clinic for children at the Yale School of Medicine, headed by Arnold Gesell and devoted to the study and care of children with intellectual and mental disabilities. It then considers the role played by Milton Senn, who brought psychoanalysis to what would become the Yale Child Study Center. It also looks at other individuals who were part of the group that initiated the YLS, including Albert Solnit, Samuel Ritvo, Sally Provence, and Seymour Lustman. Finally, it describes the years after the YLS was undertaken, with particular reference to its impact on child psychoanalysis, adult analysis, child development, and child mental health in America.

Keywords:   psychoanalysis, Yale Longitudinal Study, children, New Haven County, Yale School of Medicine, Arnold Gesell, Milton Senn, Yale Child Study Center, child development, mental health

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