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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1972. Department of Human Development and the Family.


Copyright 1972, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this present study was to examine the process of socialization as it applies to family organization and selected points of interaction. This research was conducted with the hope that the findings would add to current knowledge concerning transmission of values, socialization into roles, and the personal-social adjustments made by siblings. The focus in each area was on the implied effects of ordinal position and sibling interaction viewed from the “positive-approach” position recommended by Koch which suggests that sibling position is but one of many determinants of personality.

The first major objective was to test the concept of alternation-of-traits in siblings as proposed by Borke. The second major objective was designed to test the concept of “taking the role of the other” as applied to sex-role socialization. The first ancillary objective concerned the relationship between ordinal position and the primary trait of responsibility. The second ancillary objective was concerned with the incidence of scholastic eminence.

The 1967 data were from 230 male and female sophomore, junior, and senior students enrolled in educational psychology courses at the University of Nebraska during the first semester of the 1967-68 school year. The 1969 data were collected from 259 male and female freshmen enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics in the fall of 1969.

Advisor: Jacqueline H. Voss