Ames, Louise (1908? - 1996)

Genre: Non-Fiction - Scholarly

Psychologist and author Louise Bates Ames was born in Portland, ME. She received both her bachelor's and her master's degrees from the University of Maine and her PhD from Yale in 1937. She is known for working with Frances Ilg and Arnold Gesell in developing the thesis that ages have patterned, predictable behavior -- they coined the term the "terrible twos." She was a prolific writer and her work included a newspaper column she wrote with Dr. Ilg, several books she co-authored, and she also developed several television series on child development. She died of cancer in 1996 at the age of 88.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Child From Five To Ten (1946) with Drs. Ilg and Gesell
  • Parents Ask (1962) with Dr. Ilg
  • Child Behavior (1966) with Dr. Ilg
  • Is Your Child in the Wrong Grade? (1967)
  • Child Care and Development (1970)
  • Your Two Year Old: Terrible or Tender? (1976)
  • Arnold Gesell: Themes of His Work (1989)
  • Raising Good Kids : A Developmental Approach To Discipline (1992)

Selected Resources