On the origin and extension of the incest taboo

Behavior Science Research Vol/Iss. 10(4) Sage Journals Published In Pages: 249-281
By Ember, Melvin


Childhood familiarity theory predicts that the more community endogamy, the more likely the prohibition of first-cousin marriage.


Degree of exogamy here is being used as a proxy for childhood familiarity – i.e. in endogamous communities, cousins would be more familiar than in exogamous communities.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi squareNot Supportedp<.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN