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Parents of Twins More Likely to Divorce, Study Suggests

According to Reuters, a new study has found the parents of twins may be slightly more likely to get divorced than parents without multiple births. The researches at Massachusetts General Hospital, led by Dr. Anupam Jena, processed data collected from a 1980 census. They compared the marital status of parents who had twins to those who did not have twins as firstborns.

Those parents who had twins as first born children had a 14 percent higher divorce rate, compared to 13 percent to those without multiple births as first-borns. While the difference was slight, it was still noted that the risk was higher. The study suggested that emotional and financial stress may be responsible for the marital splits.

The stress of taking care of twins and lack of sleep may contribute to a higher rate of divorce. Parents feel stressed because twins require a lot of time and attention, and that they do not always feel like they can enjoy their children, suggests Dr. Damato of Case Western Reserve University.

The study does not suggest that couples should avoid having twins, just to be aware of challenges that may lay ahead. Twins make up between 3 and 4 percent of all births in the country. Multiple births are becoming more common with the increased use of fertility treatments.

The researchers purposefully chose older data to remove any chance of newer percentages of twin births from the use of fertility treatments, as they wanted to remove the chance of fertility treatments having an affect on divorce rates.

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