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The Self in Transition

Infancy to Childhood

Twenty-four distinguished behavioral scientists present recent research on the self during the pivotal period of transition from infancy to childhood and place it in historical perspective, citing earlier work of such figures as William James, George Herbert Mead, Sigmund Freud, and Heinz Kohut.

Contributors are Elizabeth Bates, Marjorie Beeghly, Barbara Belmont, Leslie Bottomly, Helen K. Buchsbaum, George Butterworth, Vicki Carlson, Dante Cicchetti, James P. Connell, Robert N. Emde, Jerome Kagan, Robert A. LeVine, Andrew N. Meltzoff, Editha Nottelmann, Sandra Pipp, Marian Radke-Yarrow, Catherine E. Snow, L. Alan Sroufe, Gerald Stechler, Sheree L. Toth, Malcolm Watson, and Dennie Palmer Wolf.

407 pages | 1 halftone, 8 line drawings, 20 tables | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1990

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and Development

Psychology: Developmental Psychology

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1. Perspectives on the Study of the Self in Transition
Dante Cicchetti and Marjorie Beeghly
2. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Self during the Transition Period
Gerald Stechler
3. "Didn’t You Hear My Mommy?" Autonomy with Connectedness in Moral Self Emergence
Robert N. Emde and Helen K. Buchsbaum
4. Context, Self, and Action: A Motivational Analysis of Self-System Processes across the Life Span
James P. Connell
5. Enculturation: A Biosocial Perspective on the Development of Self
Robert A. LeVine
6. Self-Perception in Infancy
George Butterworth
7. Foundations for Developing a Concept of Self: The Role of Imitation in Relating Self to Other, and the Value of Social Mirroring, Social Modeling, and Self-Practice in Infancy
Andrew N. Meltzoff
8. Language about Me and You: Pronominal Reference and the Emerging Concept of Self
Elizabeth Bates
9. Being of Several Minds: Voices and Versions of the Self in Early Childhood
Dennie Palmer Wolf
10. Building Memories: The Ontogeny of Autobiography
Catherine E. Snow
11. Sensorimotor and Representational Internal Working Models of Self, Other, and Relationship: Mechanisms of Connection and Separation
Sandra Pipp
12. Aspects of Self Development as Reflected in Children’s Role Playing
Malcolm W. Watson
13. An Organizational Perspective on the Self
L. Alan Sroufe
14. The Emergence of the Self in Atypical Populations
Dante Cicchetti, Marjorie Beeghly, Vicki Carlson, and Sheree Toth
15. Young Children’s Self-Conceptions: Origins in the Natural Discourse of Depressed and Normal Mothers and Their Children
Marian Radke-Yarrow, Barbara Belmont, Editha Nottelmann, and Leslie Bottomly
16. The Concepts of Self: A Dialogue of Questions without Answers
Jerome Kagan

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