When Nieces and Nephews become Important: Differences between Childless Women and Mothers in Relationships with Nieces and Nephews

Pollet, Thomas, Kuppens, Toon and Dunbar, Robin (2006) When Nieces and Nephews become Important: Differences between Childless Women and Mothers in Relationships with Nieces and Nephews. Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, 4 (2). pp. 83-93. ISSN 1589-5254

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1556/JCEP.4.2006.2.1

Abstract

As suggested by previous research, childlessness can thoroughly affect the likelihood of giving and receiving help to kin, even in modern societies. In this paper we show that childless women over thirty-five have had more recent contact with their nephews/nieces than mothers. Yet, both groups showed no significant differences in contact with their uncles/aunts. This suggests heightened social investment in kin with high reproductive value by childless women compared to mothers. Results are discussed with reference to kin selection theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social networks, kin selection theory, childlessness, family relations
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 11:53
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:35
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32068

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