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It can be seen in Table VII that the hypothesis is
strongly supported by the present data. Schizophrenics in
the population sampled tend* to a highly significant degree,
to come froffl the first, only, and last ordinal positions*
This finding is in keeping with what Malsberg found in his■
study, but the contradiction to what would be expected on
the basis of Schachter*s data is somewhat surprising.
In order to explain this tendency for schisophrenics to
be over-represented in the two extremes of the sibship, it
would be valuable to try to discover areas in which children
fron these two position® are subject to similar relationships
and pressures. Is there a similarity in their relationships
with their parents* for instance# which would lead to the
development of a schizoid type of personality pattern by
children in these birth positions?
Sears (5) discusses findings in this area which are of
interest. It was found that the first and only child is
raised by parents who are inexperienced and anxious; he tends
to be nursed longer, weaning is saor© traumatic, and in the
case of the first child, he suffers a good deal of frustration
at the birth of his younger sibling who displaces his
position, In the case of the youngest child in large families
(and it aust be recalled that our population is from quite
large families) there are some parallels. He also holds a
favored position and is in many ways "spoiled" and given
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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/m1/42/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .