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August 1959

College Men at War.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(2):233-234. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590020129014

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This book is an interesting study of the adjustment of a group of Harvard College students during their World War II military service. The study is an offshoot of the Grant Study and uses as its subject group 231 college men, initially chosen by the parent study for their “normality,” as defined by excellent physical and mental health and good academic standing.

The author attempts to answer broad questions about success and failure in the service and about predictions possible from data available prior to induction. His sources of data are essentially four: questionnaires, interviews and self-rating scales undertaken as part of the parent study, and, in addition, all pertinent Government records, including efficiency reports on military service. In using the information provided by the parent study, he concentrates on the period of military service employing a psychiatric and psychological orientation. Specifically the study covers (1) attitudes before and after

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