Relationships between subsistence and age at weaning in "preindustrial" societies

Human Nature Vol/Iss. 12 Published In Pages: 47-87
By Sellen, Daniel W., Smay, Diana B.


The infant/child's age at the cessation of breastfeeding is lower in preindustrial populations with agricultural or pastoral subsistence type than in hunting and gathering socieities (p. 50).


The hypothesis was supported for the earliest reported age of cessation, but not with the average age of cessation.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
CorrelationPartially supportedp<.05UNKNOWNTwo-tailed


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Age At Cessation Of BreastfeedingDependentWeaning And Food Training
Subsistence TypeIndependentFood Quest, Annual Cycle, Diet