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Medical News & Perspectives
July 7, 1999

Mentally Healthy Men at Midlife

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JAMA. 1999;282(1):15. doi:10.1001/jama.282.1.15-JMN0707-2-1

Washington—Young adults who report growing up in a warm family environment with no discipline problems, a mentor, and good relationships with peers are likely to be mentally healthy in midlife, a long-term prospective study suggests.

Jerry Westermeyer, PhD, of the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, reexamined 87 men in their fifties who were first assessed in their early twenties. They were among 94 male students at George Williams College in Chicago, enrolled in 1959 by Roy Grinker, Sr, MD, in a study that aimed to identify positive predictors of later mental health (Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6:405-453).

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