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      Is there something special about twin families? A comparison of parenting styles in twin and non-twin families.

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          Twin comparisons offer a powerful quasi-experimental design to study the impact of the family of origin on children's life chances. Yet, there are concerns about the generalizability of results obtained from twin studies because twin families are structurally different and twins have a genetic resemblance. We examine these concerns by comparing mothers' reports on their parenting styles for twin and non-twin children between twin and non-twin families, as well as within twin families. We use two German studies for our comparisons: TwinLife and pairfam. Our results demonstrate that twins receive more differential treatment and more emotional warmth than non-twins; however, these differences are largely accounted for by age differences between children. Overall, our results indicate that results on parenting obtained from twin studies can be generalized to non-twin families.

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          Journal
          Soc Sci Res
          Social science research
          Elsevier BV
          1096-0317
          0049-089X
          August 2020
          : 90
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Universitätsstraße 25, 33615, Bielefeld, Germany. Electronic address: bastian.moenkediek@uni-bielefeld.de.
          [2 ] SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, University of Bremen, Mary-Somerville-Straße 5, 28359, Bremen, Germany.
          [3 ] Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Universitätsstraße 25, 33615, Bielefeld, Germany.
          Article
          S0049-089X(20)30039-9
          10.1016/j.ssresearch.2020.102441
          32825925
          f8198ab6-922b-43b4-b382-3140d7cb06c0
          Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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          Germany,Non-twins,Pairfam,Parenting styles,TwinLife,Twins
          Germany, Non-twins, Pairfam, Parenting styles, TwinLife, Twins

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