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Empirical estimates of the global prevalence of consanguineous marriage in contemporary societies

Bittles, A.H. (1998) Empirical estimates of the global prevalence of consanguineous marriage in contemporary societies. Edith Cowan University. Centre for Human Genetics/Stanford University. Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies, California, U.S.A..

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Abstract

Although marriages between close biological kin are preferential in many parts of the world, there still is a remarkable lack of knowledge of this central feature of human kinship structure, in particular how consanguinity might influence reproductive behavior, and consanguinity-associated morbidity and mortality. The principal aim of this report is to provide a detailed and comprehensive review of the current global prevalence of consanguineous marriages. The review is based almost exclusively on data collated from refereed journal articles, supplemented where appropriate by information from edited book chapters, papers submitted for publication and personal communications. All of the results cited refer either to the current parental generation or to the two immediate past parental generations.

Publication Type: Working Paper
Series Name: Working Paper. Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies. No. 74
Publisher: Edith Cowan University. Centre for Human Genetics/Stanford University. Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies
Publishers Website: http://hsblogs.stanford.edu/morrison/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13494
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