The Institutions in Children’s Lives

  • Maxine Wolfe
  • Leanne G. Rivlin


This chapter is a reflection on 15 years of work focused on children in institutional environments, including schools, psychiatric facilities, and day-care centers.* We have attempted to understand the relationships between the stated goals of a particular place; the administrative, educational, and therapeutic programs developed to attain these goals; the physical, social, economic, and political environments in which these programs were implemented; and the eventual impact on the lives of the children housed within them. On the basis of our work, we have tried to extract generalizations concerning the child-environment relationship. In doing so, it has been impossible to ignore the powerful developmental implications of such places, especially their socializing power for children.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maxine Wolfe
    • 1
  • Leanne G. Rivlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Psychology Program, Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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