Yale University. Child Study Center

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The Yale longitudinal study was planned as an ambitious exploratory study of personality (ego) development in the first years of life. The research team was composed of pediatricians, child psychologists, nursery-school teachers, psychiatric social workers and psychoanalysts, specialists in early childhood development. The initial investigators, including Ernst Kris, Sally Provence, then-director Milton Senn, Charlotte del Solar and Katherine Wolf, began to recruit families and pilot the data collecting apparatus in early 1950.

Potential subjects were approached after their first obstetrical contact at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Mothers were recruited if they were white, married, between eigthteen and thirty-five years, expecting their first child, presenting no severe physical or mental health complaints, expecting to reside in the vicinity of New Haven for several years, and if they expressed interest in participation.

Twenty-two families were initially recruited. Eventually ten families were followed completely, and there are also records for another six discontinued subjects. The collection of data for the study proper began in 1950. In its original conception the children were to be followed from birth through their first five years of life, but as the study progressed some subjects continued to be followed well into their teenage years.

From the guide to the Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University, records concerning the longitudinal study, 1942-1990s, (Manuscripts and Archives)

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creatorOf Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University, records concerning the longitudinal study, 1942-1990s Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Solnit, Albert J. Albert J. Solnit papers, 1952-2001 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University, records, 1931-2008 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Yale University. Institute of Human Relations. Institute of Human Relations, Yale University, records, ca. 1928-1963 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Address by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton commemorating the Comer School Development Program, School of Medicine, Yale University 1998. Yale University Library
referencedIn Amatruda, Catherine Strunk, 1903-. Catherine Strunk Amatruda papers, 1929-1983 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Catherine Strunk Amatruda papers, 1929-1983 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers of Susan Schechter, (inclusive), (bulk), 1961-2005, 1986-2004 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Ames, Louise Bates. Louise Bates Ames papers, 1915-1996 (bulk 1950-1975). Library of Congress
creatorOf Lustman, Katharine R. [Letter, 1977 Feb. 22 : to Golden Press]. Saint Vincent College, Saint Vincent Library
referencedIn Provence, Sally, 1916-. Sally Provence papers, 1951-1991 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Yale University. Clinic of Child Development. Arnold L. Gesell, director of the Clinic of Child Development, School of Medicine, Yale University, case study records, 1940-1949 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Yale University. Child Study Center. Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University, records 1940-2008 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Louise Bates Ames Papers, 1915-1989, (bulk 1950-1975) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Solnit, Albert J. [Letter, 1977 Dec. 22 : to William F. McCurdy]. Saint Vincent College, Saint Vincent Library
referencedIn Schwartz, Rosalie. [Letter, 1977 Dec. 17 : to Fred Rogers]. Saint Vincent College, Saint Vincent Library
referencedIn Sally Provence papers, 1951-1991 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
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associatedWith Amatruda, Catherine Strunk, 1903- person
associatedWith Ames, Louise Bates. person
associatedWith Clinton, Hillary Rodham. person
associatedWith Cohen, Donald J. person
associatedWith Cohen, Donald J. person
associatedWith Lustman, Katharine R. person
associatedWith Provence, Sally, 1916- person
associatedWith Schwartz, Rosalie. person
associatedWith Solnit, Albert J. person
associatedWith Susan Schechter person
associatedWith Yale University. Clinic of Child Development. corporateBody
associatedWith Yale University. Institute of Human Relations. corporateBody
associatedWith Yale University. School of Medicine. corporateBody
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Child psychology--Research
Child psychology--Longitudinal studies.--Research
Child psychiatry--Research
Child psychiatry--Longitudinal studies.--Research
Child psychiatry--Study and teaching
Developmental psychology--Longitudinal studies
Psychiatry--Longitudinal studies.--Research
Child development--Study and teaching
Child psychology--Study and teaching
Child development--Research
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