Special Adult Relationships

Nan Joe By Nan Joe, 30th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Different people relate with their siblings differently. Some are close while other are distant. Certain situations bring siblings closer.

Our Siblings


Siblings are lifelong relationships for most adults. About half of the adults who have a biological sibling speak with them at least once a month, a third would call a sibling first for emergency help, and about two thirds consider a sibling to be one of their closest friends.
According to surveys, the most common relationships among siblings is “casual”, a pattern in which siblings do their own thing and socialize mostly with friends rather than each other. Other siblings describe themselves as buddies or report that one is the caretaker who comforts the other. Still others describe themselves as loyal – not particularly warm or cool, but bound together because they are siblings. These relationships often change as life transitions bring people closer or drive them apart. Marriage and birth of children tend to pull siblings away from each other, whereas events during middle adulthood, such as death of a parent, can bring them together again. When elderly individuals think back, on their lives some say that their relationships with siblings have not changed at all while others say they have grown closer and yet others have grown apart.

Traditional societies


Most adults also have regular contact with other family members. In traditional societies, interrelated families live nearby and rely on one another for physical and psychological support. For example, traditional African communities consist of extended family members who live in units called compounds. Here, children of the same generation grow up interacting as brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles often take on parenting responsibilities for nieces and nephews. Unlike modern suburbs where the marital union is the focus of family life, family stability in these groups is based on broader network of relatives.

Fictive Kinships


The importance of family is evident from the fascinating practice of fictive kinship. These are people who are treated as relatives even though they are not related to the family by blood or marriage. These individuals may be called aunts, uncle or cousin or another appropriate term and they assume some rights and responsibilities that are usually reserved for family members. These relationships are found in numerous communities worldwide. When we have family reunions, we find that we include fictive kinships and they interact with other family members just like they are themselves family.

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Caretaker, Fictive Kinship, Loyal, Relationships, Siblings, Traditional Societies

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Working and talking about families and relationships is my passion. Families are the foundation of who we really are.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
30th Mar 2011 (#)

Interesting and informative.

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author avatar Carol
30th Mar 2011 (#)

Great! I believe that blood is thicker than water.

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author avatar Nan Joe
30th Mar 2011 (#)

Sure, Carol, blood is always thicker. Thanks for your comment

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author avatar AnnH
30th Mar 2011 (#)

Nice post, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Retired
31st Mar 2011 (#)

thanks for this lovely post, well written and informative. keep up teh good work.

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author avatar Nan Joe
31st Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks Rebecca

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author avatar LOVERME
1st Apr 2011 (#)

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author avatar Nan Joe
1st Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you so much lovelyhoney

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author avatar Anastasia Ndegwa
1st Apr 2011 (#)

You are right Nancy. I can not forget the old days when we all lived together while our children played together.

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author avatar Nan Joe
1st Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks Anastasia. Those were great times whilewe worried about nothing even when faced with difficulties.

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author avatar Denise O
1st Apr 2011 (#)

I like the idea of families living together. I always have felt, family takes care of family. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Nan Joe
1st Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise. Families are the foundations of who we are

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author avatar Denise O
1st Apr 2011 (#)

I have always*
Oops.:)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
25th Sep 2011 (#)

Siblings are the life-time companions for some.

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