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Images of Sorrow: Experiences of losing a co-twin in old age
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd. Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd, Hälsa och välfärd. Hälsohögskolan Jönköping. (Åldrandemiljön)ORCID-id: 0000-0002-3519-113X
Hälsohögskolan Jönköping.
Hälsohögskolan Jönköping.
2013 (engelsk)Inngår i: Health, ISSN 1949-4998, E-ISSN 1949-5005, ISSN 1949-5005, Vol. 5, nr 12A, s. 64-73Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

What it is like when a lifelong twin relationship ends through death in later life is the focus of this study. It draws on interview data from seven twins who are part of a longitudinal Swedish twin study (SATSA) and who lost their co-twins in old age. Data were analyzed using qualitative latent content analysis. The results showed that the experience of loss of the co-twin was pro-found, including an emotional as well as a be-havioral dimension. Loss and loneliness were expressed as the dominant feelings related to the quality of the missing relationship as well as the loss of twin identity. However, the grief ex-periences in this study were primarily related to the closeness and quality of the twin relation-ship, rather than identity. Behavioral adjust-ments included the use of outside as well as internal cognitive resources to cope with life after the loss. Despite the devastating experi-ence of losing a co-twin after a lifelong rela-tionship, the participants engaged actively in their own grief processes. It was concluded that twin loss is unique, in the sense of losing the relational twin identity, as well as it is charac-terized by similar features as the loss of a close relationship among non-twins.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
USA, 2013. Vol. 5, nr 12A, s. 64-73
Emneord [en]
Aging, Content analysis, Sibling Death; Twin Loss
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
vårdvetenskap inom området hälsa och välfärd
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-24202DOI: 10.4236/health.2013.512A009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-24202DiVA, id: diva2:688061
Tilgjengelig fra: 2014-01-15 Laget: 2014-01-15 Sist oppdatert: 2020-01-24bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Tvillingskap genom livet -: individualitet och relation i äldre tvillingars livsberättelser
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2012 (svensk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis was to explore, describe and understand experiences of twinship as told in the life stories of older twins. The 35 older twins who participated in this thesis were part of two longitudinal studies of older twins, SATSA (the Swedish Adoption Twin Study of Aging) and the Gender study. The study design is qualitative and the 35 interviews were collected using a narrative method. The life stories were analysed with narrative analysis (studies I and II) and qualitative, latent content analysis (studies III and IV).

According to the twins in this thesis, twinship, was described from the relationship with the co-twin(I, III, IV) and from an identity perspective (II). Twin relationships are unique and different in their own way. Three relationship patterns were identified and labelled as: nurturing, draining or superficial based on qualitative aspects (I). The differences in the three relationship patterns became even more evident during critical stages in life, for example, when getting married (III) or losing the co-twin through death (IV). These events became turning points which meant that the twins needed to adjust to a more individualized life. Twins in nurturing or superficial relationship patterns did not experience these transitions as particularly dramatic, while for twins in draining relationships these life transitions were more dramatic. From an attachment theory point of view, the older twins remained attachment figures with an unaltered attachment pattern throughout life(I). Bound together with the close twin relationship is how twins define themselves, since the twinship means handling both your individual identity and the twin identity. The self-descriptions, with emphasis on differences, are viewed against the background of how the twins experienced the environment perceiving them as a social unity and were interpreted as a desire to emphasize ones individuality as related to the twin partner and as a message to the environment of desiring to be viewed as a unique individual (II).

In summary twinship was described by most as a close, enriching relationship throughout life and for some, less enriching depending on what kind of relationship they had with their twin partner. An identity work was at the same time taking place, trying to establish a position as an individual in the twin relationship and to assert ones individuality to the rest of the environment in the message:“We are not as alike as you think!”

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Jönköping: Jönköping University, 2012
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
socialt arbete
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-31328 (URN)978-91-85835-30-0 (ISBN)
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-03-21 Laget: 2016-03-19 Sist oppdatert: 2020-01-24bibliografisk kontrollert

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