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Appendix: The Society for Research in Child Development Committee on Preservation of Historical Materials in Child Development, 1977-1983

Robert R. Sears and Hamilton Cravens
Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development
Vol. 50, No. 4/5, History and Research in Child Development (1985), pp. 141-145
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/3333870
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3333870
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Appendix: The Society for Research in Child Development Committee on Preservation of Historical Materials in Child Development, 1977-1983
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Abstract

The Society for Research in Child Development chose a historical theme for its fiftieth anniversary meeting in 1983. This Monograph consists of 8 chapters, by both historians and developmentalists, based on papers delivered as part of the historical program. Part 1 of the Monograph, "History of the Family and of Childhood," contains 2 chapters by eminent historians of the family that are addressed especially to developmentalists. One reviews major findings and methodological approaches in this relatively new field of history and also includes original research by the author. The other describes attitudes toward and ways of treating children under 7 years in colonial and early nineteenth-century America. Part 2, "Historical Approaches to Child Development," contains 4 chapters, 3 of which discuss scientific developments in the field of child development within their social context. The first explores early research on handedness in the context of the nature-nurture controversy. The second discusses the founding of Parents' Magazine, focusing on the unsuccessful effort of Rockefeller Foundation officials responsible for child development programs to control its contents. The third analyzes research on Afro-American children published in Child Development from 1936 to 1980. The fourth considers the history of anorexia nervosa. Part 3 is devoted to 2 histories of the Society for Research in Child Development, both based on archival sources. The first describes the events from 1925 to 1933 that culminated in the founding of the society. The second reviews the progress and contributions of the society during its first 25 years. A 6-year project sponsored by the society to preserve historical materials in the field of child development is described in the Appendix.

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