Infanticide as a terminal abortion procedure

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 17 Sage Publications Published In Pages: 70-90
By Minturn, Leigh, Stashak, Jerry


This study investigates the conceptual frameworks involved in infanticide. Authors first examine data on infanticide and birth ceremonies, particularly the timing of these events and the infant and adult involved in each. Authors also examine reasons for performing infanticide, including illegitimacy, unwanted children, and excess children, finding them similar to reasons for performing abortion. Population control and implications for children's and women's status are also discussed.


Infanticide was reported in only 53% of the sample.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Probability Sample Files (PSF)Researcher's Own
OtherOther Researchers(Devereux, 1976)

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