ERIC Number: ED431547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Considering Multiples: Competition & Cooperation. A Collection of Articles from MOTC's "Notebook."
National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs.
One of the most common parenting issues faced by families with multiple birth children is that of the dynamics involved in sibling cooperation and competition. This document compiles stories from the Mothers of Twins Club "Notebook" examining the issue of cooperation versus competition. The first story discusses the impact of the twin relationship on sibling rivalry. The second story presents tips for dealing with sibling conflict, while the third story discusses ways to encourage cooperation. The fourth story presents findings of a survey completed by 299 mothers of multiples on competitiveness among multiple siblings, which indicated that older multiples competed for school grades, friends, and parental attention. The fifth article reports on a laboratory study conducted at the University of Chicago on cooperation and competition between identical and fraternal twin pairs and pairs of unrelated twins, or "pseudo-twin pairs" in various problem-solving situations. This study found that 94 percent of identical twin pairs, but only 40 percent of fraternal twin pairs, successfully completed a puzzle within the time allowed, suggesting that identical twin pairs were more cooperative than fraternal twin pairs. Parental encouragement of similarity or dissimilarity was unrelated to puzzle completion. The sixth article summarizes a study examining the similarity of autonomy and sociability in identical and fraternal twin adults. This study found that among identical twins, autonomy, extroversion, independence, and sociotropy were highly correlated. Female identical twins were more alike than male identical twins. (KB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs.