Marian Radke-Yarrow

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Marian Radke-Yarrow (March 2, 1918 – May 19, 2007) was an American child psychologist known for studying controversial topics such as prejudice, altruism, and depression in children.

Born in Horicon, Wisconsin, she completed undergraduate work in 1939 at University of Wisconsin–Madison. She then earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1944.

Her 1952 book They Learn What They Live: Prejudice in Young Children was cited in the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case. She taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Queens College and the University of Denver during her career and was one of few women who headed a laboratory at NIH, leading the developmental psychology laboratory at the National Institute of Mental Health from 1974 to 1995.[1]

She was also one of the first Americans to go to the People's Republic of China shortly after Nixon's historic visit.

She died of leukemia at her home in Bethesda, Maryland, aged 89.[2]


  1. ^ Staff report (May 22, 2007). Marian Radke-Yarrow; Studied Emotional, Social Development. Washington Post
  2. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (May 23, 2007). Marian Radke-Yarrow, Child Psychology Researcher, Dies at 89 New York Times