Longitudinal study of two groups of men over the adult lifespan, tracking major domains of mental and physical health, social functioning, and work life.

General Design

Study Design Cohort
General Information on Follow Up (profile, frequency)

Questionnaire follow-up every 2 years; medical records obtained every 5 years, in-person interviews approx. every 10 years.

Recruitment Target
  • Individuals
  • Other : Spouses of original male participants
Number of Participants

724

Number of Participants with Biological Samples

130

Supplementary Information about Number of Participants

other than the 130 original male participants; 62 female spouses provided biological samples and some psychosocial data.

Supplementary Information

268 Harvard College sophomores and 456 Inner City Boston boys all recruited in the late 1930s and early 1940s

Access

Yes
No
Not Applicable
Don't Know
Possible Access to Data

Possible Access to Biosamples

Other Videotaped marital interactions, functional and structural MRI data

Study Timeline

Each colour in the timeline graph below represents a separate Study Population, while each segment in the graph represents a separate Data Collection Event. Clicking on a segment gives more detailed information on a Data Collection Event.

Populations

HSAD - The College cohort ("the Grant Study")

The College cohort (“Grant Study”) consists of 268 Caucasian men from the Harvard College classes of 1942-1944 selected because they were in the top half of their class academically and without known physical or mental difficulties. Half were on scholarship and half had to work during college to finance their education.

Sources of Recruitment

Specific Population
  • Other specific population : Harvard College undergraduates

Selection Criteria

Gender Men only
Age Minimum age 17, Maximum age 21
Country United States of America
Territory Harvard undergraduates came from all over the US
Ethnic Origin Caucasian
Health Status Good health

Sample Size

Number of Participants

268

Data Collection Events

NameDescriptionStartEnd
HSAD - The College cohort ("the Grant Study") - baseline information

Data was collected by in-person interviews...

19381944
HSAD - The College cohort ("the Grant Study") - General questionnaire college

Data was collected every 2 years. It included...

19472013
HSAD - The College cohort ("the Grant Study") - Marital Protocol

Both the particpants and their wives were...

20032008
HSAD - The College cohort ("the Grant Study") - Neuroscience protocol

In-person interviews were conducted to assess...

20082013

HSAD - The Inner City cohort ("the Glueck Study")

Inner City cohort (“Glueck Study”) consists of 456 Caucasian men selected in 1938-40 as matched controls for a study of juvenile delinquency when they were age 11-16 by reviewing the enrollments of neighborhood schools. They were chosen because they did not manifest serious delinquency; and they were individually matched with a delinquent group for ethnicity (predominantly Irish- and Italian-American), for limited intelligence (mean IQ = 94), and for living in a high-crime neighborhood.

Sources of Recruitment

Specific Population
  • Other specific population : Boys from Boston's inner city.

Selection Criteria

Gender Men only
Age Minimum age 12, Maximum age 16
Country United States of America
Territory Inner City cohort all resided in Boston, MA.
Ethnic Origin Caucasian
Health Status Good health

Sample Size

Number of Participants

456

Data Collection Events

NameDescriptionStartEnd
HSAD - The Inner City cohort ("the Glueck Study") - baseline information

Data was collected by in-person interviews with...

19401950
HSAD - The Inner City cohort ("the Glueck Study") - follow up

In person interviews were carried on to collect...

19501965
HSAD - The Inner City cohort ("the Glueck Study") - midlife follow up

Information was collected about midlife and...

19661983
HSAD - The College cohort ("the Grant Study") - General questionnaire inner city

Data was collected every 2 years. It included...

20002013
HSAD - The Inner City cohort ("the Glueck Study") - Marital Protocol

Both the particpants and their wives were...

20032008
HSAD - The Inner City cohort ("the Glueck Study") - Neuroscience protocol

In-person interviews were conducted to assess...

20082013
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