Published on 29 November 2011 By Helle Birkholm-Buch
Stress is the norm among 87% of twin families with 0-4 year old children
Recent studies from the United States have found that the families of twin families can be divided into 4 main stress categories: 1) Emotional follow-up reactions, 2) Marriage challenges, 3) Economic challenges and 4) Care tasks.
In general, the emotional state of twin parents postpartum (ie after birth) is more characterized by stress, isolation, depression and, in particular, fatigue.
Secondly, marital challenges were a source of stress. In particular, there were problems about having the time and energy for the relationship, which argued, among other things, because of the fatigue and extra care that two infants demand. There was, in general, a general lack of freedom compared to being a couple. Some couples told them that working together as a team had brought them closer together.
Economic challenges in relation to having to buy two of all add, find a bigger home, car or go down on time at work put an additional pressure on multilevel families. Finally, the need to buy for practical help in the home to make everyday life adds also put an extra financial pressure on multi-lingual families.
In the multi-lingual families, it was found that in relation to the care task were several stressful factors. First of all, the cooking times are experienced as the most stressful time of day, and with 8-10 breastfeeding days a continuous stressor. Next, it is a matter of getting time for each child. Another study has emphasized that twins have 110 minutes daily to share with their mother, so it is not strange that parents experience this as a stress moment in everyday life. Finally, American researchers found that the twin parents never experience having breaks from the children, which means having trouble meeting their own physical needs in relation to sleep and nutrition, and to overcome household tasks.
Overall, the researchers conclude that the factor that contributes most to stress among newly born twin families is an obvious lack of time!
Only 13% of the multi-lingual families surveyed (all with multiples under 4 years) did not experience time as newly-baked multiple parents as stressful and felt that they had enough time.
47% of respondents reported that the situation was very stressful and 40% that it was the most stressful they had ever experienced. As stress experiences are more acute in the situation than they remember later, and the participants in this study were multi-lingual families with multiples aged 0 to 4 years, it is likely that a study of exclusively newly-bred multi-lingual families will find an even greater proportion that experiences The situation is very stressful or as the most stressful they have ever tried.
The survey highlights the need for new-born multi-lingual families in helping to make time and the need to adjust as practical as possible to save time.
Related to Danish relationships, where a much larger proportion of women are in the labor market, there is likely to be a smaller network of helping hands to ten Danish twin families. In addition, there are more children in Denmark in institutions from around 1 year of age, where the family must both have two working lives and one family life to hang together. There is thus no reason for Danish families to experience less stress.