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Developmental psychology; infant development. Her education began inauspiciously - she dropped out of school at the end of sixth grade.
Following the path of other young women of the time, McGraw trained as a secretary in a local business training school and was subsequently employed at a law office where she worked for more than two years.
The lawyer for whom she worked suggested she further her education and arranged for her to attend Snead Junior College in Boaz, Alabama. During her time there, McGraw came upon an article about Jimmy and johnny study Dewey and wrote him a letter.
She was surprised that he wrote back to a backwoods, Alabama teenager, but their relationship would span many years, and McGraw referred to Dewey as her intellectual godfather.
The s were becoming known as the "Era of the Child" and there was an abundance of funding allocated to child study initiatives. Helen Thompson Woolleywhose director of research hired McGraw as a research assistant.
This job enabled her to earn money to live and permitted her time to complete course work.
Inhowever, she was offered a Laura Spelman Rockefeller fellowship, and she was able to complete her courses without having to work. With coursework finished but a dissertation to complete, she accepted a teaching job at Florida State College for Women in McGraw had several challenges recruiting subjects for her study as births were not always registered: The results of her study indicated that there were no significant differences between the groups, but quite a lot of variation in growth and development within individual subjects.
Concerned about finding a post-doctoral internship shortly after the onset of the Great Depression, McGraw was advised by a former professor to speak with Fred Tilney, Director of the Neurological Institute of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia. Tilney was interesting in expanding his animal studies correlating the nervous system and behaviour to humans.
This included recruiting newborns and creating new tests, as she felt the available standardized tests were inadequate. Recruiting babies and transporting them from their homes to the laboratory was not as difficult as expected, since mothers looked forward to some relief from constant childcare duties.
With long-term funding for the Normal Child Development Study provided by the Rockefeller Foundation, McGraw sought to determine when training would be beneficial.
For this, she needed to study twins in the laboratory every day for a number of years, which led to the publication of her most famous work, Growth: A Study of Johnny and Jimmy, in One of her experiments with Johnny and Jimmy Woods was to challenge the development of equilibrium and stepping movements.
Putting month-old Johnny on roller skates and watching him become a very competent skater garnered not only the interest of her fellow researchers, but also the media. In McGraw married scientist-engineer Rudolph Mallina and gave birth to a daughter in The support for the Normal Child Development Study ended inbut McGraw stayed on to tie up loose ends and to write her second book.
The decade from the early s to early s has been referred to by McGraw as, "my D-D domesticity and diversity decade and Like many women of today I experienced the dual pull of family and career" McGraw,p.
McGraw was at Briarcliff College for the remainder of her career. Her husband died in and she retired in She was best known for her scientific integrity, the relationships she maintained with her research subjects, and her love of children.
McGraw was influential in the water-birth movement, the acceptance of teaching very young babies to swim, challenging the behaviourist reduction of mind to reflex, and, along with Frederick Tilney, offering an alternative view suggesting the brain evolves to foster the intelligence required to meet the increased demand for coordinated behaviour.
Myrtle McGraw died on September 8,in her 89th year. To cite this article, see Credits Selected Works: A comparative study of a group of southern white and negro infants. Genetic Psychology Monographs, 10, A study of Johnny and Jimmy. Swimming behaviour of the human infant.
Journal of Pediatrics, 15, Development of neuromuscular mechanisms as reflected in the crawling and creeping behaviour of the human infant. Journal of Genetic Psychology 58, The neuromuscular maturation of the human infant.
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By Myrtle B. McGraw, Ph.D., Research Psychologist and Assistant Director of the Normal Child Development Clinic, Neurological Institute, Columbia Medical Center.
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