Frontiers in Sociology: Family and Extended Kin

The present Frontiers in Sociology Research Topic edited by Antti O. Tanskanen and Mirkka Danielsbacka considers family relationships from different angles and how these relationships shape our everyday life.

Who nurtured you when you were a child? In addition to mother and father, many of us would include grandparents, older siblings, aunts and uncles, kindergarten and school teachers, or neighbors. Humans are defined as “cooperative breeders,” which means that during childhood we receive a substantial amount of care and support from relatives and people who are not directly related to us.

The family is a key social institution. It can be a primary source of happiness and healthy living, but also a source of disagreement and conflict.

This Family and Extended Kin Research Topic consists of seven articles.


Tanskanen, AO & Danielsbacka, M (2022). Editorial: Family and Extended Kin. Frontiers in Sociology, 7.

Daly M and Perry G (2021) In-Law Relationships in Evolutionary Perspective: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Front. Sociol. 6:683501.

Tanskanen AO and Danielsbacka M (2021) Does Parental Investment Shape Adult Children’s Fertility Intentions? Findings From a German Family Panel. Front. Sociol. 6:693119.

Dicks A, Levels M, van der Velden R and Mills MC (2022) How Young Mothers Rely on Kin Networks and Formal Childcare to Avoid Becoming NEET in the Netherlands. Front. Sociol. 6:787532.

Schnettler S and Steinbach A (2022) Is Adolescent Risk Behavior Associated With Cross-Household Family Complexity? An Analysis of Post-separation Families in 42 Countries. Front. Sociol. 7:802590.

Arpino B and Bellani D (2022) Juggling Grandchild Care and Labor Force Participation: The Effect on Psychological Wellbeing of Older Women. Front. Sociol. 6:806099.

Tammisalo K, Danielsbacka M, Andersson E and Tanskanen AO (2022) Predictors of Social Media Use in Two Family Generations. Front. Sociol. 6:813765.