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Methodology and Procedure
Over a period of on© month, all patients on the White
Female Receiving Unit at the Mississippi State Hospital ware
given short individual Interviews. This interview was
carried on by an intelligent and sensitive feaale patient
who was recommended by the ward psychiatrist as being
particularly stable and able to relate to other patients*
Each patient was told that information for a research
study was being collected, and that the questions would in
no way be used to influence their treatment. If questions
were asked, the interviewer explained the project further in
order to reassure the patient. Cooperation was easily
obtained in most cases, and only a few patients refused to
cooperate. It seemed that the use of a patient interviewer
was particularly effective in that better rapport was
established without the threat of an authority figure.
Bach patient was askedt
1. Her name
2. The total number of children in the family
3. Her ordinal position in the family
4. Her age.
After this information was collected and tabulated, the
patient9 a main hospital record was used to determine the
patient's psychiatric diagnosis. This also gave the examiner
an opportunity to investigate the accuracy of the information
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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/m1/9/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .