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Effects of parent loss: interaction with family size and sibling order
Am J Psychiatry 1985;142:708-714.
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The authors studied the effect of parent loss during the first 18 years of life and its interactions with family size and sibling order in a nonpsychiatric population of 247 men. Groups defined by loss type, family size, and sibling order were compared using MMPI scale scores. The results strongly suggest that parent loss and family size and their interaction have an important impact on adult personality traits as measured by MMPI scores. The strong adverse impact of intermittent loss and temporary loss in large families (much greater than that of permanent loss) is a crucial finding not previously noted in the literature.

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