A Girl’s Chilhood: Psychological Development, Social Change,
and the Yale Child Study Center,
edited by Linda C. Mayes and Stephen Lassonde
In 1950, the Director of the Yale Child Study Center, Milton Senn, M.D., a psychoanalytically trained pediatrician, received a grant from the Commonwealth Fund to conduct the Yale Longitudinal Study of the Child. The study was ambitious in its scope and purpose: To learn about child development and to make predictions about personality development from data gleaned from pre-natal and pediatric visits, nursery-school observation, home visits and the psychoanalytic treatments that study subjects and their parents were offered when clinically indicated.