Kin relationships

Lang F, Neyer FJ (2017)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Book chapter / Article in edited volumes

Publication year: 2017

Publisher: Springer

Edited Volumes: Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

City/Town: Berlin

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1540-2


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?

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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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