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Aug 11, 2016 6:22 PM

UNH professor weighs in on study of sexual attraction between long-lost relatives

A University of New Hampshire professor has weighed in on a study about the phenomenon of sexual attraction between long-lost relatives in USA Today.

The article included a few stories of mothers or fathers who reconnected with sons and daughters whom they gave up for adoption long ago. One notable case was that of Barbara Gonyo, who penned the book "I'm his mother, but He's not my Son," about her own case of genetic sexual attraction to her son, whom she gave up for adoption.

David Finkelhor, a sociology professor at UNH, said that there is a widely-held notion that relatives develop mechanisms to be unable to find each other sexually attractive as a guard against in-breeding.

Finkelhor also stated that most people who reconnect with a long-lost relative would rather have a long-term relationship than complicate things by introducing sexuality.

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