Cultural trait transmission and missing data as sources of bias in cross-cultural survey research: explanations of polygyny re-examined

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 43 Published In Pages: 134-151
By Dow, Malcolm M., Eff, E. Anthon


Marriage institutions will be more similar among societies closely related by language (vertical diffusion), and societies that are spacially proximate (horizontal diffusion) (135).


"Trait transmission of nonsororal polygyny due to horizontal and verticle diffusion is the only variable that is consistently significant" (144).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
logistic regressionSupportedp<.001UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Cultural Trait TransmissionIndependentLocation, Linguistic Identification
Male MortalityIndependentMortality
Nonsororal PolygynyDependentPolygamy
Pathogen StressIndependentMorbidity