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Thesis (M.S)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1964. Department of Home Economics.


Copyright 1964, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this study is to determine if the middle child in a three child family has a position in the family that he feels is less desirable than any other position in the family.Information will obtained on personality characteristics of the children and their attitudes toward their parents and their siblings.

The sample for this study will consist of the children from thirty to fifty white families who have three children in the following age groupings:Middle Child:11 – 15 years old, Oldest Child:approximately two years older than the middle child, Youngest Child:approximately two years younger than the middle child.Families will be selected in which the mother and father are both in the home and the socio-economic backgrounds will be held as similar as possible.

The CaliforniaTestofPersonality will be given followed immediately by the ChildPositionSatisfactionQuestionnaire, a fifteen question test made by the author to measure how children in a family of three feel about their ordinal position.Both tests will be administered to all three siblings of a family on the same day.The tests will be given in small groups in the schools where the children are available.

Advisor:Beverly Fowler