Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

2005

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Tish Smyer

Abstract

Twins enter life as a pair and are often viewed so in later life. After the death of a co-twin, twins feel like they have lost part of themselves, leaving them alone, often without professional help. No nursing research has provided insight into the experience of a twin who has lost their co-twin. The purpose of this research was to explore and describe the lived experience of a twin who has lost their co-twin. The aim was to generate an understanding of the unique bond and sense of loss experienced by twinless twins. Phenomenology and Attachment Theory were utilized to guide this study. Colaizzi’s seven step method was used to analyze the data. This study of nine subjects identified three themes and nine sub-themes. This awareness will be beneficial for parents of twins, twins themselves and health care providers. This research contributes to existing literature on twin loss.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Twins -- Psychology Attachment behavior Bereavement -- Psychological aspects Loss (Psychology)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

96

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
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