Book: A Girl’s Childhood

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A Girl’s Childhood: Psychological Development, Social Change, and The Yale Child Study Center

Edited by Linda C. Mayes, the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology, and Stephen Lassonde, dean of student life at Harvard University

(Yale University Press)

Sixty years ago, a group of prominent psychoanalysts, developmentalists, pediatricians, and educators at the Yale Child Study Center joined together with the purpose of formulating a general psychoanalytic theory of children’s early development. The group’s members composed detailed narratives about their work with the study’s children, interviewed families regularly, visited them in their homes, and over the course of a decade met monthly for discussion. The contributors to this volume consider the significance of the Child Study Center’s landmark study from various perspectives, focusing particularly on one child’s unfolding sense of herself, her gender, and her relationships.

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