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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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Looking In and Seeing Out

Looking In and Seeing Out

(p.191) 8 Looking In and Seeing Out
A Girl’s Childhood

Stephen Lassonde

Linda C. Mayes

Yale University Press

This chapter examines in detail the process notes of the Yale Longitudinal Study (YLS). The process notes, amounting to thousands of pages, were the result of sessions between the young girl Evelyn and Samuel Ritvo. The chapter focuses on Evelyn's awakening interest in how her status as a female related to the male-dominated social hierarchy that she encountered at each stage of her development. Evelyn's transcripts are an unusually rich source of information about child development at the time the YLS was undertaken. Ritvo and members of the Yale Child Study Center made contemporaneous observations of Evelyn's therapy from 1954 to 1963.

Keywords:   process notes, Yale Longitudinal Study, children, New Haven County, sessions, social hierarchy, child development, Yale Child Study Center, therapy, Samuel Ritvo

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