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behavior seemed related to a history of frustration in nursing
and weaning experiences, and there seemed to be some rela-
tionship between such experiences* order of birth, and the
mother*a behavior. Thus, mothers of later children seemed to
be less frustrating and these children were less dependent.
Sears also found that being a later child is not an
unmixed blessing;, however, for quite often it is later chil-
dren who are less wanted by the parents, particularly in the
case of large families. Thus the later child, possibly, is
more apt to feel rejected by the parent than the first
Stanley Schachter (9)$ following more or less the
theoretical line® of Sears, found #hat seeaed to be sur-
prisingly consistent empirical evidence supporting the
hypothesis that there were real psychological differences
among different ordinal birth positions. Hi® own experimental
results supported this hypothesis, and he collected the
results of a number of other experiments as well as data
collected from real life situations in support of this
position. What all this evidence seemed to indicate was this:
(1) There is a positive relationship between anxiety and
affiliative need, (2) First and only children seem to differ
significantly froa second and later children in respect to
these factors (with first and only children having a
generally higher level of anxiety and affiliative needs in
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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/m1/13/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .