In the past, the family network and the inner circle was often the only thing that could keep a person alive at all.
There is still a lot of different support, help and communication between relatives.
Friends have been thought to have taken the place of relatives, but research shows that the importance of family has not disappeared anywhere.
The mother is the main gatekeeper who influences her children’s kinship, says Mirkka Danielsbacka, an assistant professor of sociology.
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