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Family Structure and Approval Dependency in College Females

Frank H. Farley
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 37, No. 4, Special Section: Macrosociology of the Family (Nov., 1975), pp. 760-762
DOI: 10.2307/350826
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/350826
Page Count: 3
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Family Structure and Approval Dependency in College Females
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Abstract

Approval dependency in college females was studied as a function of birth order, family size, and sibling sex, with control over sib age separation. The results indicated no significant contribution of the family structure variables to approval dependency. However, where birth order was concerned, the results were in the same direction as a generally reported but slight trend toward greater approval dependency of first- over last-born females. Possible origins of this trend in psychological factors and research methodology considerations were discussed. It was concluded that the weak trend and ambiguous causal interpretations provide scant reason for optimism in the continued analysis of birth order and approval dependency.

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