Infant Behavior; Its Genesis and Growth

Infant Behavior; Its Genesis and Growth

Infant Behavior; Its Genesis and Growth

Infant Behavior; Its Genesis and Growth

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Investigations as well as infants grow. The present volume has its roots in earlier studies which are briefly outlined in the opening chapter. We must at once acknowledge our indebtedness to earlier associates who helped to set in operation general principles and methods of procedures; namely, Mrs. Margaret Cobb Rogers, Miss Elizbeth Evans Lord, Miss Ruth Wendell Washburn, and Dr. Marian Cabot Putnam. Through its diagnostic and advisory service, the clinic has fortunately been able to build up relations of confidence and friendliness in the community. This has resulted in excellent cooperation from the parents of New Haven who, through themselves and through their infants, have made a generous contribution to our scientific undertaking.

We have benefited in numerous ways from the cooperation of other departments of the School of Medicine; and of social agencies, including the Visiting Nurse Association and the Bureau of Vital Statistics. In the home visits and interviews we had the assistance of Miss Glenna Bullis and of several graduate students. We wish also to make grateful acknowledgment to Miss E. Elizabeth Allis for assistance in the preparation of manuscript.

This publication is based upon periodic developmental examinations of normative infants throughout the first year of life. The stenographic protocols of the observations entailed a large amount of painstaking analysis which was carried through by a group of assistants especially trained and supervised for the task: Miss Helene Mallay, Miss Helen Richardson, Miss Charlotte Peck, Miss Georgina Johnson, and Mrs. Harriet Lange Rheingold. Mrs. Esther Upjohn Shipley, over a period of three years, developed a detailed familiarity with the data and rendered valuable service in connection with the analysis of the normative cinema records. These records were made with the active cooperation and helpful advice of Professor Henry Marc Halverson, Research Associate in Experimental Psychology.

Extensive cinema records, both normative and naturalistic, have been codified in An Atlas of Infant Behavior which portrays in action photographs the forms and early growth of human behavior patterns. The present volume bears an organic relation to . . .

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