The Psychology of Early Growth: Including Norms of Infant Behavior and a Method of Genetic Analysis

The Psychology of Early Growth: Including Norms of Infant Behavior and a Method of Genetic Analysis

The Psychology of Early Growth: Including Norms of Infant Behavior and a Method of Genetic Analysis

The Psychology of Early Growth: Including Norms of Infant Behavior and a Method of Genetic Analysis

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The Yale studies of infancy which began a score of years ago were first published by The Macmillan Company under the somewhat extensive title, The Mental Growth of the Preschool Child. A Psychological Outline of Normal Development from Birth to the Sixth Year, Including a System of Developmental Diagnosis. This volume, which enjoyed several reprintings, is now out of print. The present volume represents a continuation and elaboration of the earlier studies and is based upon ten years of subsequent collaborative research in the Yale Clinic of Child Development.

This research has received partial report in two further publications, namely, An Atlas of Infant Behavior: A Systematic Delineation of the Forms and Early Growth of Human Behavior Patterns and Infant Behavior: Its Genesis and Growth. The present volume deals particularly with the biometric aspects of the normative investigation. These three publications are organically related to each other. It is hoped that the systematic and objective methods used will bring the study of infant development into closer alignment with biological and medical sciences. We believe that the growth processes which mold the body and the behavior of the human infant are in essence comparable with those which are being successfully analyzed by experimental embryology.

The processes of behavior growth are so subtle and intricate that they resist precise measurement. Yet they are so orderly and patterned that they constantly tempt us toward quantitative formulation. This formulation must be kept within bounds and must not yield too much to the theoretical and methodological allurements of the absolute! Our problem is genetic. We are dealing with highly complicated, developmentally flowing phenomena and our first task is to achieve an accurate expression of genetic trends and genetic configurations. We have tried to avoid any over-simplification of the biometric . . .

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