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McLean to Research Life Coaching

McLean Hospital in Belmont is renowned for its research into heady issues in psychiatry. Brain scans, genetic screenings, and clinical trials of treatments characterize its usual fare.

But now, the Harvard-affiliated hospital plans to add a different kind of research agenda. Next month, McLean plans to launch a new initiative to study the psychology behind "life coaching."

It's become a booming business of personal guidance and goal setting, dispensed largely by phone, for big bucks. Reporter Chris Berdik has more on the story.

Audio for this story will be available on WBUR's web site later today.

This program aired on December 20, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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