Ordinal Position, Family Size, and Diagnosis in a Psychiatric Hospital Population Page: 4
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The subjects were 168 white female patients on the White
Female Receiving Unit at the Mississippi State Hospital*
Whitfield, Mississippi. This group of subjects is unique in
1. They were all white females who were# ostensibly*
natives of the state of Mississippi.
2. They were all patients wilder psychiatric observation
or treatment, having recently been admitted to the hospital.
3. They ranged in age from 14 to 74 with a mean age
of 39.07 and a median age of 38.SO.
4. They were predominantly from middle class and below
in socio-economic level, since the sample is taken from a
state supported hospital, as opposed to a private type of
The following measurement® were obtainedt
1. The total number of children in the family, including
2. The patient * s ordinal position in the familyt
whether she was first born, an only child, the youngest child,
or other birth position.
3. The patient*® current age.
4. The diagnostic category in which the patient had been
assigned by the physician, and which is placed on the patient*s
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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/m1/8/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .