London: In these days of two working parents, tightly scheduled children, television and Internet, many may find it a bit difficult to have strong family bond.

But, close family ties actually pay, say researchers.
   
A new study, led by the University of Copenhagen, has, in fact, found that close family ties can help create individuals with "stronger civic virtues" who are also less likely to lie and cheat.
   
The study, which looked at a wide range of social groups, contradicted previous researches which suggest that the more one is attached to one's family, the less likely one is concerned with "tolerance and justice" outside their group.
   
Instead, this study indicated that members of tighter family networks promoted more altruistic attitudes through encouraging trustworthiness and a sense of duty, as reported.
   
Martin Ljunge, the study's lead author, said: "I find that family ties are strongly associated with attitudes that are important for building societies with higher mutual respect and fiscal capacity, attitudes I label civic virtues."
   
He added that those with close family ties were "substantially more disapproving of tax and benefit cheating, corruption, and a range of other activities which involve a personal benefit at the expense of other individuals".

(Agencies)