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The effects of kin on child mortality in rural Gambia

Sear, Rebecca, Steele, Fiona, McGregor, Ian A. and Mace, Ruth (2002) The effects of kin on child mortality in rural Gambia. Demography, 39 (1). pp. 43-63. ISSN 0070-3370

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In this paper we analyse data that were collected continuously between 1950 and 1974 from a rural area of The Gambia to determine the effects of kin on child mortality. Multilevel event history models are used to demonstrate that having a living mother, maternal grandmother or elder sisters had a significant positive effect on the survival probabilities of children, whereas fathers, paternal grandmothers, grandfathers and elder brothers had no effect. The mother’s remarriage to a new husband had a detrimental effect on child survival, but there is little difference in the mortality rates of children born to monogamous or polygynous fathers. The implications of these results for understanding the evolution of human life history are discussed.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:41

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