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chance occurrence. It is a possibility that if a larger
number of patients had been sampled, this difference might
have become more meaningful.
It would seem that the patients sampled do consistently
tend to com© from the last half of their sibshipsj but in the
present data, this tendency is not strong enough to be
considered more than possibly a chance occurrence. This
tendency is, however, in the direction which would be
predicted both on the basis of some of Sear®* work which
emphasizes the changing attitude® of the parents toward later
children, and is also in keeping with Schachter*s and Bakan*s
work which emphasizes the tendency of later children to
handle anxiety in a non-affiliative way, which is so often
true of many psychiatric patients.
The third hypothesis was an outgrowth of the previous
discussion. It was predicted that patients who cone front
the last half of large families (over four children) would
be over-represented when compared to patients who co © from
the last half of smaller families (less than four children).
A chi square analysis of this hypothesis with different
hospital populations is shown in Table V.
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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/m1/36/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .