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Importance of the Problem
Most nature students ©f human personality ar© agreed
that normal and abnormal characteristics are determined by
the complex interaction of numerous biological# psychological,
social, and cultural factors (6). However, there still exist
wide differences of opinion as to the relative Importance of
various determinants in the formation of adult patterns.
The divergent opinions frequently represent at beat no more
than educated guesses, and at worst merely personal bias
which results in unsolved problems being approached with
preconceived convictions and consequent distortion of both
observations and their interpretation (S).
In view of the observed concentration of mental dis-
orders in the families of some psychiatric patients, and the
amount of speculation concerning both genetic transmission (7)
and functional interpersonal relationships or dynamics (3)#
it is remarkable how little is yet known about the structure
or composition of the families of the mentally ill.
In order to develop successfully into a pre-
dictive science, psychiatry must know what the
effects will be of a specific constellation of
parental and other forces acting upon the consti-
tutional matrix of a specific child. The dynamic
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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/m1/5/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .