Kin relationships

Article in Edited Volumes

Publication Details

Author(s): Lang F, Neyer FJ
Editor(s): V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford
Title edited volumes: Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences
Publisher: Springer
Publishing place: Berlin
Publication year: 2017
Language: English


Kinship is part and parcel of human existence. Kin relationships reflect the core of what constitutes an individual’s social life. Surprisingly, though, the concept of kinship has long been neglected in psychology. While kin relationships play a universal role in human development, there also exist stable individual differences in the preference of kinship. Not much is known about the underlying mechanisms of such relationship differentiation. Also, individuals may even perceive psychological kinship in social relationships with genetically unrelated persons. This entry addresses three issues of kinship relations: 1. What explains individual differences in kinship
orientation? 2. What are psychological mechanisms of differentiating kinship from non-kin relationships? 3. How do individuals create psychological kinship in relationships with genetically nonrelated individuals?

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Lang, Frieder Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Psychogerontologie

External institutions with authors

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

How to cite

Lang, F., & Neyer, F.J. (2017). Kin relationships. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Berlin: Springer.

Lang, Frieder, and Franz J. Neyer. "Kin relationships." Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Ed. V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford, Berlin: Springer, 2017.


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