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Twins and Multiples

References and recommended reading

This list focuses more on the academic books about multiples (some of which are referred to on pages throughout this site) as these are often the more difficult to find. Some of the texts, such as Helen Koch's are old, but represent an important (and never replicated) study that still has relevance over 35 years on. The text by Zazzo is in French and has never been translated in full. Yet it remains a unique study of twins, as a couple and as individuals. More technical work where twins are used primarily to study genetics are not included, but an introduction can be found in the 1999 text by Nancy Segal listed below.

Books for parents of multiples, for multiples themselves, and for surviving multiples are all most readily and easily available from national parents organisations. Amazon list many books for multiple birth families (including quite few for higher multiples) and reviews from customers that may help decide what to buy. There is an extensive bibliography produced by the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs.

Twin Research and Human Genetics, the journal of the International Society for Twin Studies regularly has reviews of new work and new publications on multiples.

Ainslie, R.C. (1997) The Psychology of Twinship. (Revised ed.). Northvale, NJ: Aronson.

Blickstein, I. And Keith, L.G. (eds.) (2000) Iatrogenic Multiple Pregnancy: Clinical Implications. New York:Parthenon.

Blickstein,I., Keith,L.G. (1995) Multiple Pregnancy:Epidemiology, Gestation and Perinatal Outcome. London/New York:Parthenon Press.

Botting, B.J., Macfarlane, A.J., and Price, F.V. (eds) (1990) Three, Four or More: a study of triplets and higher order births. London:HMSO.

Bryan, E.M.(1992) Twins and Higher Multiple Births. London :Edward Arnold.

Bryan, E.B. and Hallett F. (2001) Guidelines for Professionals. Twins and Triplets :The First Five Years and Beyond. London: Multiple Births Foundation.

Clay, M.M. (1991) Quadruplets and Higher Multiple Births. Cambridge University Press.

Gall, S. (ed) (1996) Multiple Pregnancy and Delivery. New York: Mosby.

Harvey,D. and Bryan, E. (eds.) (1991) The stress of Multiple Births. London: The Multiple Births Foundation.

Koch, H.L. (1966) Twins and Twin Relations. University of Chicago Press.

Lytton,H. (1980) Parent-Child Interaction:The Socialization Process Observed in Twin and Singleton Families. New York: Plenum.

MacGillivray,I., Campbell,D.M. and Thompson,B. (eds) (1988) Twinning and Twins. New York: John Wiley.

Mittler, P. (1971) The Study of Twins. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin.

Ryan, L. and Bowman, K. (2003) Twins:A practical and emotional guide to parenting twins. St Leonard,NSW:Allen and Unwin.

Rosambeau, M. (1987) How Twins Grow Up. London: Bodley Head.

Sandbank, A.(1988) Twins and the Family. London: Arrow.

Sandbank,A. (ed.) (1999) Twin and Triplet Psychology:A Professional Guide to Working with Multiples. London: Routledge.

Savic, S.(1980) How Twins Learn to Talk: a Study of the Speech Development of Twins. London:Academic Press.

Schave, B. and Ciriello, J. (1983) Identity and Intimacy in Twins. New York: Praeger.

Scheinfeld, A.(1968) Twins and Supertwins. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin.

Segal, N.L. (1999) Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior. New York:Dutton.

Segal, N.L. (2005) Indivisible by Two:lives of Extrordinary Twins. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Smilansky, S., Zohar, D. and Snir, R. ( 1992) Twins and their Development: The roles of Family and School. Rockville :BJE Press.

Stewart, E.A. (2000) Exploring Twins:Towards a Social Analysis of Twinship. London:Macmillan.

Tinglof, C.B. (2007) Parenting School Age Twins and Multiples. McGraw-Hill Education Europe.

Wallace, M. (1987) The Silent Twins. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin.

Woodward, J. (1997) The Lone Twin. Understanding Twin Bereavement and Loss. London: Free Association Books.

Wright, L. (1997) Twins, Genes, Environment and the Mystery of Identity. London: Weidenfled and Nicolson.

Zazzo, R. (1960) Les Jumeaux:Le Couple et la Personne. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.