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Although, as previously discussed, some early inves-
tigation and speculation was carried on into the effects of
birth order upon innumerable variables, it was inconsistent
and suffered fro« many methodological weaknesses* Malseberg
pointed out that many investigations had failed to consider
the prevalency of the first bom in the general population,
and that when this correction was made, many of the seeming
differences between ordinal positions were not significant (5).
In 1937* Murphy and Murphy reviewed several hundred
studies done up to that tine and found the results to be
quite contradictory. They concluded that although birth
order is an important factor, it seeas impossible to take it
as a \ Isolated variable and find any consistent patterns to
which it correlates (6).
R. R. Sears in later work (11) raised the point that
although earlier thinkers had probably been correct, that
birth order was not particularly useful as an explanatory
variable but night be useful as a mediating variable. He
then mentions a number of research studies using birth order
information in this fashion and which suggested that dependent
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Sensenig, John. Ordinal Position, Family Size, and Diagnosis in a Psychiatric Hospital Population, thesis, August 1963; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc108247/m1/12/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .