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 father death on child survival will be much smaller than the effect of mother death (5).


8 of the 15 populations (53%) for which there was sufficient data showed that there is no association between the death of the father and the death of the child. The effect in all other populations was marginal. (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
Paternal MortalityIndependentMortality