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The benefits of multiples in research

Submitted by Associate Professor Jeff Craig, Deputy Director, Twins Research Australia, and President of the International Society of Twin Studies

Research with multiples has provided unparalleled insights into what it is to be human - our behaviour, and our mental and physical wellbeing. Now research with multiples is entering a whole new era. If there’s a new and interesting area of medical research, somewhere a twin researcher will be studying it. 

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Twins at school: together or separate?

Submitted by Professor Brian Byrne, School of Psychology, The University of New England

Multiple-birth parents say it is one of most difficult decisions that they face: whether to separate or keep their twins together at school. Professor Brian Byrne investigates the many factors in a parent’s decision and seeks to answer the central question: will my twins prosper more when they are together or apart?

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We are Twins Research Australia: Insights into twin lives

Submitted by Lynette Walker, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Twins Research Australia, The University of Melbourne

What is it like to be a twin or twin parent? In these 17 different short stories, twins explain in their own words what is most memorable, challenging and special about being a ‘miracle’ of human nature.

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Myths and realities: Twin children’s language and social development

Submitted by Professor Karen Thorpe, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland

Professor Karen Thorpe dissects the myths and realities of twin children’s lives …. Are twin children more likely to have developmental problems? Is being a parent of twins more stressful? Are twin relationships problematic? Do twins have problems making friendships? To separate twins or not at school? Professor Thorpe shares some surprising discoveries from her research.

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The psychology of raising twins and multiples

Submitted by Dr Katie Wood, a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at Swinburne University of Technology who specialises in twin and family relationships

My interest in twins has spanned my whole life as I was born a younger sibling of identical twins. I grew up always trying to divide and conquer this very tight twin dynamic but it never worked. This led me to try to understand what it was that I was struggling with, and to dedicate a large part of my professional career as a psychologist to understanding twins from a family perspective.

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The fascinating and diverse world of twin pregnancy

Submitted by Associate Professor Jeff Craig, Deputy Director of Twins Research Australia.

From Apollo and Artemis to Beyoncé’s twins Rumi and Sir Carter, we have always been fascinated by twins. But do we really know how identical twins are formed? And are there only two different kinds of twins? Here we summarise our recent paper on this subject and answer these questions and more.

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