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their illness. In this way, a control group would exist
against whom it would be possible to compare our experimental
group in relation to the variable of average family size.
The second area of further research suggested is in
relation to the high number of schizophrenic# as coapared to
other psychotic categories which come fro* the first, only,
and last ordinal positions in this hospital population. It
would be interesting to know if this is consistent among
other hospital populations, and, if so, why this is true.
Some attempts were made to explain this finding, but if this
distribution were found to be a consistent phenoaenon, it
must necessarily lead to further research in developmental
relationships which would explain this apparently similar
propensity toward schizophrenia among ordinal positions which
see® in so many ways dissimilar,
A final question may be raised as to the possible lack
of generalizability of this study, fhe subjects were all
white females from a state whose culture is generally rural
and insular. A replication with male subjects atight well prove
worthwhile in this respect, since there are often measurable
differences between males and festales in studies of this
nature. It might also prove worthwhile to replicate the study
among a population which shows a more urban make-up in light
of the many variables that are often found to be related to
socio-economic and cultural background.
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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/m1/48/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .