The authors studied a group of 193 psychiatric outpatients with varying
diagnoses and a comparison group of 136 nonpatients across nine measures:
sense of self; feelings about marriage, sex, career, and leisure time;
relationship to parents, friends, and children; and sense of time passing.
They found significant differences between the groups at specific ages in
the areas of sense of self, feelings about career and sex, and relationship
to parents, children, and friends. They discuss these results with a view
toward identifying and elucidating normal and pathological factors in the
adult life cycle.