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The analyses reported in this chapter were made possible by support from the William T. Grant Foundation. We thankfully acknowledge the following individuals for their contributions to this work: Charles Henderson, Jr., Sara Hunt, Lasse Gunnarsson, Elizabeth Kiely, Mary Larner, Sandy Rightmyer, and the participants in the conference on Social Connections from Crib to College, organized by John Antrobus, Muriel Hammer, and Suzanne Salzinger.
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