Compromised or Competent: Analyzing Twin Children’s Social Worlds

Thorpe, Karen J. & Danby, Susan J. (2006) Compromised or Competent: Analyzing Twin Children’s Social Worlds. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 9(1), pp. 90-94.


From conception twin children are compelled to share their environment and its resources. This includes social resources of attention from, and social interac- tions, with others. This special issue specifically focuses on the social world of twin children and addresses three key questions: • How is the social world of twins different from that of a single-born child? • Does the twin situation limit social experience and compromise social development? • Does the twin situation enhance social experience and facilitate social competency? The issue includes studies from a range of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, anthropology and behavioral genetics, and utilizes a range of approaches to the analysis and understanding of the processes and outcomes of twin children’s social experiences.

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ID Code: 7884
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: twin, twin children, social relationships, twin identity, risk, resiliance, friendship, sociology of childhood, child studies
ISSN: 1832-4274
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Academic Press
Deposited On: 29 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2011 06:12

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