A History of Developmental Psychology in Autobiography

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ological and Cultural Diversity: The Legacy of Darwin for Development" have much to offer, especially for people new to the field.

I personally find some of the work of medically trained investigators like Doris Rapp ( 1991), who relate child behavior, especially aberrant behavior, to nutrition and especially to allergic reactions to certain foods, particularly helpful. Dr. Rapp's approach to such behavior problems as the currently labeled Attention Deficit Disorder, as exemplified in the book Is This Your Child? seems to me to show much promise. In fact, it may well be together with investigators in other fields, especially those trained in medicine, that some of the most effective work in our own field may be accomplished.

I am basically optimistic about the future. However, a combination of theoretical conflicts and politics still offers hazards for parents, psychologists, educators, and the children they care about. There are still, in my opinion, all too many who will not admit that children inherit their bodies, and that those bodies to some extent at least limit what the children can do or become. Add to this the civil libertarian position that nobody can be kept out of anything, that to do so infringes on his or her civil rights. Thus many schools are doing away with special classes for the gifted and talented as well as special classes for children with severe problems and are mushing everybody together into so-called mainstream classes. Unfortunately, political considerations often determine what kind of research and educational practice can be funded and permitted.

The increase of knowledge in many fields, in medicine for example, is truly awe inspiring. Whether we as a field, even if permitted, can begin to approach this kind of increase in understanding and usefulness is in my mind a serious question.


Notes
1
This same daughter, Joan Ames Chase, grew up to follow in my own professional footsteps. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Maine, coauthored with me a book, Don't Push Your Preschooler, wrote several articles, and did research on school readiness. My granddaughter, Carol Chase Haber, M.A., a school psychologist, is a coauthor of several books ( Ames, Ilg & Haber, 1976-1987).
2
For more detail on Dr. Cohen's report, see Ames, "History of the Gesell institute" privately published, 1994.
3
A somewhat empty threat because no such license existed.

References

Ames, L. B. ( 1933). Growth of motor coordination in one child from birth to two years. Un published master's thesis, University of Maine.

Ames, L. B. ( 1943). The Gesell Incomplete Man test as a differential indicator of "average" and "superior" behavior in preschool children. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 62, 217-274.

Ames, L. B. ( 1966). "Children's stories". Genetic Psychology Monograph, 74, 337-396.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • References x
  • 1 - Louise Bates Ames 1
  • Notes 21
  • References 21
  • 2 - James Emmett Birren 24
  • References 44
  • 3 - Marie Skodak Crissey 46
  • Notes 69
  • Representative Publications 69
  • 4 - David Elkind 71
  • References 83
  • 5 - Dale B. Harris 84
  • References 103
  • 6 - Lois Wladis Hoffman 105
  • References 119
  • 7 - Çiǧdem KaǧitçebaŞi 121
  • Notes 133
  • Representative Publications 133
  • 8 - Lewis P. Lipsitt 137
  • References 158
  • 9 - Paul Mussen 161
  • References 177
  • 10 - Seymour Wapner 180
  • Notes 199
  • References 199
  • About the Book and Editors 209
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