Rözer, Jesper, Gerald Mollenhorst and Anne-Rigt Poortman. (2015). Family and friends: Which types of personal relationships go together in a network? Social Indicators Research, 127(2), 809-826.

summary: We examine the link between family and personal networks. Using arguments about meeting opportunities, competition and social influence, we hypothesise how the presence of specific types of family members (i.e., a partner, children, parents and siblings) and non-family members (i.e., friends, neighbours and colleagues) in the network mutually affect one another. In addition, we propose that – beyond their mere presence – the active role of family members in the network strongly affects the presence of non-family members in the network. Data from the Survey on the Social Networks of the Dutch show that active involvement is of key importance; more than merely having family members present in one’s personal network, the active involvement of specific types of family members in the personal network is associated with having disproportionally more other family members and having somewhat fewer non-family members in the network.

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