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Parent-infant synchrony and the social-emotional development of triplets.
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PMID:  15535762     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To study the social-emotional development of triplets, 23 sets of triplets, 23 sets of twins, and 23 singleton infants (N=138) were followed from birth to 2 years. Maternal depression and social support were assessed in the postpartum period, mother-infant and father-infant interaction and the home environment were observed at 3 months, a separation-reunion episode and a maternal interview were conducted at 12 months, and infant behavior problems were evaluated at 24 months. Lower parent-infant synchrony was observed for triplets. Triplets showed less distress during maternal separation and less approach at reunion. Mothers reported lower adjustment and differentiation among siblings for triplets than for twins. Higher internalizing problems were reported for triplets, and the triplet with intrauterine growth retardation showed the poorest outcomes. Behavior problems were predicted by medical risk, maternal depression, parent-infant synchrony, infant approach, and mother adjustment. Discussion focuses on developmental risk when the exclusivity of the parent-infant relationship is compromised.
Ruth Feldman; Arthur I Eidelman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-10     Completed Date:  2005-01-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1133-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
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(c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved
Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Child Behavior Disorders
Child Development*
Child, Preschool
Depression, Postpartum
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Parent-Child Relations*
Risk Factors
Social Behavior*
Social Support
Triplets / psychology*
Twins / psychology*

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