Where is the child's environment? A group socialization theory of development.

  title={Where is the child's environment? A group socialization theory of development.},
  author={Judith Rich Harris},
  journal={Psychological Review},
  • J. Harris
  • Published 1995
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Review
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