GRANT STUDY WILL INVESTIGATE 100 'NORMAL' STUDENTS
Nine-Man Staff Will Analyze Factors Producing "Normal" Men in Complex Full-Year Study
The Grant Study in Social Adjustments, Harvard's unique research project for "analyzing the forces that produce normal young man," will this year delve deep into the lives of 100 undergraduates, mostly Sophomores, Arlie V. Bock, Henry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene, announced yesterday.
Last year, the first in the elaborate five-year program, only 60 men were studied.
The 100 men who agree to participate in the work of the Study will be exhaustively studied throughout the year in an effort to analyze their physical, mental, and psychological makeups, and to gather complete data on their family and school backgrounds.
Dr. Bock pointed out last night that the Study is necessarily limited to a small number of the eligible "normal young men" in the Sophomore class. He and other Study officials, working in collaboration with the Dean's office, have already drawn up a tentative list of the men they wish to study.
The aim of the research project, according to Dr. Bock, is "to build a body of data which will be useful in solving some of the current problems of social adjustment, employing for the most part existing and generally accepted anthropological, physiological, medical, and Psychological methods."
Well People Formerly Slighted
When the work of the Study began last fall, Dr. Bock pointed out that "very few apparently have thought it necessary to make a systematic inquiry as to how people keep well and do well."
"The care of the sick may be continued as a negative attack" he continued, "while the study of the well should be a positive one, and for this reason should yield results that may point the way to the solution of many present difficulties."
The work of the Study will again this year center at 13 Holyoke Street, once the Big Tree Swimming Pool, which has been enlarged over the summer by the addition of three now offices. William L. Woods and Thomas H. Wright will continue the psychiatric work done last year by Donald W. Hastings, who has left for an important post at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bock stated last night that "The Study is grateful to the men who gave their time last year."
"Many of them," he added, "have declared that the time which was spent was valuable for the information and help which they obtained from it. It is anticipated that the 100 or so men who take part in the Study this year will derive considerable benefit as well as assisting in a worthwhile scientific venture.