Does a twin pregnancy have a greater impact on physical and emotional well-being than a singleton pregnancy?

Thorpe, Karen, Greenwood, Rosemary, & Goodenough, Trudy (1995) Does a twin pregnancy have a greater impact on physical and emotional well-being than a singleton pregnancy? Birth, 22(3), pp. 148-152.

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A prospective, population-based study was conducted to assess the impact of twin pregnancy on a woman's physical and emotional well-being. It compared women's reports of their general health, experience of a range of specific symptoms, and emotional well-being during pregnancy using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. The subjects were 147 women expecting twins and 11,061 women expecting a single child who completed questionnaires at both 20 and 32 weeks’gestation as part of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood. Results suggested that women expecting twins experienced poorer physical well-being but not poorer emotional well-being than those expecting a single child, even though a significant association between poor health and emotional well-being was found for the population as a whole. It was suggested that the transitory nature of a twin pregnancy, the “special’ status of a twin pregnancy, greater social support, and modified expectations about health may buffer the effects of poor physical health on emotional well-being in a twin pregnancy. The findings should alert those who care for women expecting twins to the greater physical stress these women may feel.

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ID Code: 90934
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.1995.tb00691.x
ISSN: 1523-536X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1995 Blackwell Science Inc
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2015 01:20
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 01:20

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