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Within the Wisconsin Twin Project's research on challenges and adaptation, families with children between the ages of six and eight are interviewed for the school age assessment. The purpose of the school age assessment is to learn more about twin similarities and differences associated with emotional and behavioral adaptation and challenges that occur during the first few years of school. A wide range of approaches are used to learn about twins and their families, including telephone interviews, mailed questionnaires, and a home visit. Parents should refer to the most current letter of informed consent for complete details concerning research participation. A brief summary is provided below.

Currently the project is in the data analysis phase. No families are being recruited at this time.

Telephone Interviews

First, the twins' primary caregiver is interviewed by telephone. All families with twins born in Wisconsin are contacted about participation in this portion. The interview includes questions about the twins' physical similarities, health, and behavior.

Some families are asked to participate in additional telephone interviews. Families participating in home visits or other extensive follow-ups are interviewed about (1) child behavior in everyday situations; (2) the child's typical emotional reactions; (3) parenting experiences; (4) general levels of family emotional expressiveness, and (5) parents' own feelings. Some questions consider twins' behavior more broadly, with questions such as, "Is considerate of others' feelings."

Mailed Questionnaire

Parents complete a packet of questionnaires about child temperament, with questions such as "Is slow to warm up to others." We also ask about parent personality and life events.

Home Visit

The most extensive portion of the school age assessment is a visit to the family's home to play a variety of games and puzzles with the twins and conduct a final interview with the primary caregiver. The home visit includes a variety of typical every day activities to capture the twins' typical emotional response while playing games.



University of Wisconsin-Madison :: Department of Psychology :: Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Psychology Department, University of WI, Madison
Waisman Center, UW Madison