Blood is thicker than water: kinship orientation across adulthood.

  title={Blood is thicker than water: kinship orientation across adulthood.},
  author={Franz J. Neyer and Frieder R. Lang},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={84 2},
The importance of kin relationships was investigated across adulthood with 5 samples (total N = 1,365). Within the personal networks, the genetic relatedness with relationship partners predicted subjective closeness (mean r = .50) and social support (mean r = .13). Effects were robust in 2 samples when controlling for residential proximity and contact frequency. These intraindividual correlations showed considerable variability and were interpreted as individual expressions of nepotism. The… CONTINUE READING

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