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Challenges and adaptations (WTP)

Challenges and adaptations

researchThe Wisconsin Twin Project (WTP) is a research project of all twins born in Wisconsin since 1989. The main focus of the research is social-emotional development, behavioral challenges, and behavioral adaptation in the family context at different ages (across time). Areas of interest include challenges and risk factors as well as adaptive processes and competence factors that contribute to child development.

Currently, families are contacted at three points in time: toddlerhood (age 2-3); school age (6-8), and adolescence (12-18). Families are contacted by phone and invited to participate in a variety of ways, sometimes only a phone interview, sometimes mailed questionnaires, and sometimes a home visit. (See the specific age studies for more details.)

Twin research is important because it provides a unique opportunity to examine individual differences and genetic and environmental influences on child development. The results should improve understanding of how child behaviors develop from toddlerhood through adolescence. Results may provide insight to questions such as: do shy toddlers develop into shy adolescents;

are outgoing children less fearful; and how do characteristics such as cognition and activity level relate to emotion.

The Wisconsin Twin Project is located in the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Waisman Center's mission is to advance knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Funding for the twin project is provided by grant awards from the National Institute of Health and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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