Yale Experts Publish "The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child"

“The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child” (Little, Brown and Company) is a new book for parents that focuses on children’s growth in four key areas-physical, cognitive, emotional and social.

The book was written by developmental pediatrician and psychoanalyst Linda C. Mayes, M.D., the Arnold Gesell Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center; and the late Donald J. Cohen, M.D., the former Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. Cohen was a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and director of the Yale Child Study Center until his death in 2001.

“This book provides parents an up to date guide for understanding their child’s physical and psychological growth,” said Mayes. “But this is also a book for parents wanting to learn as much about themselves as about the ways to care for and nurture their child. Understanding your own growth as a parent is an essential element in understanding your child’s growth and development. This book is intended to help parents reflect on that crucial interplay.”

Mayes said the guide covers parents’ vital questions on everything from differentiating between the feelings of a two-year-old and a five-year-old, to choosing child care, to coping with bullies, to talking with your children about significant life passages, such as new siblings, divorce and death.

Founded in 1911 by Arnold Gesell, M.D., the world-renowned Yale Child Study Center has a long publishing tradition that includes Gesell’s own “The Child from Five to Ten” and Parents magazine, which was founded at the Center. Mayes said this new book is an encyclopedic reference that provides America’s parents with the insights into infant and child development that are the fruit of nine decades of cutting-edge scientific and clinical research at the Center.

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