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"Making life better"
THE GRANT STUDY, named because it was originally funded by the philanthropist,
William Grant, set out to study development from adolescence through middle
age of a group of 268 healthy, male college students. When selected for
the study, all of the men were doing well academically at a highly competitive
college. All were above average in their academic accomplishments, had
reached a level of education higher than the average person of their time,
and showed no signs of mental or chronic physical illness. Not surprisingly,
given that they were selected from a private college, their average family
income growing up was significantly higher than average. The study did
include, though, a range of social classes. The study's purpose was to
identify how men develop and adapt over the lifespan. Interestingly, even
though they started with a large group of advantaged, white men they found
that not a single one of them had clear sailingthroughout their lives.
All had some difficulties to overcome. Several findings from the Grant
study will be mentioned throughout the course. Some of those I found particularly
If you are thinking about a book for your book report, one good one on the Grant study is:
Vaillant, G. E. (1977). Adaptation to life. Boston: Little, Brown & Co.
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