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Challenges and adaptations (WTP)

The Wisconsin Twin Project (WTP) is a population-based longitudinal study of all twins born in Wisconsin. The research focus is the genetic and environmental influences on typical and atypical development of twins in the family context. Main interests include challenges and risk factors as well as adaptive processes and competence factors that contribute to social-emotional development. A range of research methods are used, including birth records, DNA samples, cognitive testing, observer ratings, dermatoglyphic anomalies, questionnaires, child self-report, structured interviews with caregivers, home-based behavioral batteries, and biological measures of basal and reactive cortisol. Twin methodology provides us with sophisticated analysis of genetic, environmental, and interaction effects on child development and related risk and protective factors.

Funding for the twin project is provided by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Wisconsin Twin Project is currently located in the Waisman Center for Developmental Disabilities and Human Development 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