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number of siblings within th© family la the group which is
drawn fro* primarily Involutional Psychotic Reactions. This
group shows th© surprisingly high number of 7.25 children in
the median size family*
MEDIAN FAMILY SIZE IN RELATION TO VARIOUS
The figures from all of these groups and from each on©
individually are higher than would be expected from the
general population. Even the lowest group, th® non-psychotics,
show a median number of children, per family, of 4.78, which
is higher than any of the over-all census figures.
It would not seem, then, that size of the family is
necessarily related to any individual diagnostic category,
even though the hospital population as a whole does seem- to
come from families which are larger than average. This fact
would support the theorising of Sears (5) in that children
from larger families are often subject to more stress than
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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/m1/31/?rotate=90: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .