Who keeps children alive? A review of the effects of kin on child survival

Evolution and human behavior Vol/Iss. 29(1) Elsevier Published In Pages: 1-18
By Sear, Rebecca, Mace, Ruth


The effect of losing a mother has the strongest effect on child survival rate in very early life (5).


The association between mother's death and child death had been investigated in 28/45 populations. Age of children studied ranged from 0-24 weeks to ~1-15 years. (Hypothesis tested by observing the proportion of previous studies with the hypothesized effect. No formal statistical test)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Child MortalityDependentMortality
Maternal MortalityIndependentMortality