Although triplets are the fastest growing birth population in the Western world, and the number of triplet births has multiplied tenfold since 1980 in industrialized countries, no systematic research has studied the development of triplets across infancy.
Thus, we designed a study in which we followed 23 sets of triplets, 23 sets of twins, and 23 singletons (138 infants) from birth to 1 year. We matched groups for medical (e.g., gestational age, birthweight, medical risk) and environmental conditions (parent age and education, support system).
We observed infants and their parents at birth (or before discharge from the hospital if the child was born prematurely) and at 3, 6, and 12 months. We focused on the development of the mother-infant relationship and we explored how the relationship developed under conditions in which mothers are caring for three infants simultaneously compared to mothers raising singletons or twins.
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