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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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Notes on Notes: Results of the Yale Longitudinal Study, as Evidence for History and Psychology

Notes on Notes: Results of the Yale Longitudinal Study, as Evidence for History and Psychology

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(p.120) 5 Notes on Notes: Results of the Yale Longitudinal Study, as Evidence for History and Psychology
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A Girl’s Childhood
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Virginia Demos

John Demos

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117592.003.0006

This chapter examines the evidence—the so-called process notes—of the Yale Longitudinal Study (YLS) from the viewpoints of both history and psychology. More specifically, it examines the idiosyncrasy, genius, and blind spots in the conception and execution of the YLS. The study was informed by Freudian psychoanalysis and strongly influenced by Anna Freud's work with children. The chapter also compares the YLS's process notes with material generated by other longitudinal studies not so directly linked to psychoanalysis. Finally, it considers the focus of the process notes: the young girl Evelyn and the investigator-cum-therapist Samuel Ritvo, along with her siblings and parents.

Keywords:   process notes, Samuel Ritvo, Yale Longitudinal Study, history, psychology, psychoanalysis, Anna Freud, children, longitudinal studies, parents

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