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TCHERNOUKHA, Marie-Anne  e  WENDLAND, Jaqueline. Comparative study of the psychological experience of women carrying a twin or a singleton pregnancy. Aletheia [online]. 2015, n.47-48, pp. 9-21. ISSN 1413-0394.

What is the impact of carrying two fetuses on the psychological experience of women? In this qualitative comparative study, ten women have been met: three were expecting samesex twins, three were expecting sex-different twins, and four women were carrying a singleton pregnancy. They responded to a semi-structured interview and to a semantic-differential maternal representations scale, and have drawn two pictures. The results underscore the need of encourage women expecting twins to discuss with other women experiencing the same situation in order to facilitate their identification processes and to support their maternal sense of competence. In particular, it's important to offer women expecting same-sex twins the opportunity to verbalize their fears and projections regarding their fetuses and their future twin relationship.

Palavras-chave : Pregnancy; Twins; Representations; Identification; Mother-fetus relationship.

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