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December 14, 1957

The Placement of Adoptive Children

JAMA. 1957;165(15):2028. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980330130031

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This book is the most reflective follow-up study that has so far been made on adoptive children. This comprehensive survey was sponsored jointly by the department of psychology and the child study center of Yale University. Distinguished men and women in the field participated in the work, which will be valuable for members of the medical and legal profession who are concerned with this complex problem. The study is written in such form as will be of basic help to social workers, clergy, and adoptive parents. The discussion centers on an elaborate research relevant to many facets of child placement but is in no sense a handbook of practices. Adoptive children were examined at the Yale Child Development Clinic under the direction of Dr. Gesell. Two groups of children and families were studied, namely, five-year-olds and pre-adolescents. The investigators' interest centered on two questions: how accurately can the Yale Developmental

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