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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.


She was 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.


In 1993 she was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development

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.[1]


Her 1952 book They Learn What They Live: Prejudice in Young Children was cited in the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case.


  1. Hevesi, Dennis (May 23, 2007). Marian Radke-Yarrow, Child Psychology Researcher, Dies at 89 New York Times

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