Observed Mother– and Father–Child Interaction Differences in Families with Medically Assisted Reproduction-Conceived Twins and Singletons

Kayla N. Anderson, Martha A. Rueter, Jennifer J. Connor, Bibiana D. Koh

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Abstract

Increased medically assisted reproduction (MAR) use to treat infertility has resulted in a growing twin birth rate. Little is known about parent–child relationships for twin relative to singleton children in middle childhood. This study fills this gap by examining parent–child relationships in 57 families with eighty 6- to 12-year-old MAR twin and singleton children using observational data (warm and supportive communication, control, and hostility). Nested ANCOVAs indicate that while mothers exhibit similar interactional behaviors toward twins and singletons, fathers have less optimum behaviors toward twins relative to singletons. Twins displayed less engaged behavior with mothers and fathers relative to singletons. Given the vitality of parent–child relationships for family and child adjustment, future studies should examine determinants and outcomes of twin–singleton relationship differences to bolster twins’ and their families’ functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)997-1011
Number of pages15
JournalFamily process
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Medically Assisted Reproduction
  • Parent–Child Relationships
  • Twins

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