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Widowhood, Family Size, and Post-Reproductive Mortality: A Comparative Analysis of Three Populations in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Researchers from a number of disciplines have offered competing theories about the effects of childbearing on parents'postreproductive longevity. The "disposable soma theory" argues that investments in somatic maintenance increase longevity but reduce childbearing. "Maternal depletion " models... Full description

1st Person: Alter, George
Additional Persons: Dribe, Martin verfasserin; Van Poppel, Frans verfasserin
Source: in Demography Vol. 44, No. 4 (2007), p. 785-806
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 2007
Keywords: research-article
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