Publications

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Social support, nutrition, and health among women in rural Bangladesh: complex tradeoffs in alloparenting, kin proximity, and social network size.

2021. Shenk, M.K., Morse, A.R., Mattison, S.M., Sear, R., Alam, N., Raqib, R., Kumar, A., Mim, F., Blumenfield, T., Shaver, J., Sosis, R. and Wander, K. Social support, nutrition, and health among women in rural Bangladesh: complex tradeoffs in alloparenting, kin proximity, and social network size. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B.

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Church attendance and alloparenting: an analysis of fertility, social support and child development among English mothers.

2020. John H. Shaver, Eleanor A. Power, Benjamin G. Purzycki, Joseph Watts, Rebecca Sear, Mary K. Shenk, Richard Sosis and Joseph A. Bulbulia. Church attendance and alloparenting: an analysis of fertility, social support and child development among English mothers. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences. 375: 20190428. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2019.0428

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The male breadwinner nuclear family is not the ‘traditional’ human family, and promotion of this myth may have adverse consequences for health.

2021. Sear, R. The male breadwinner nuclear family is not the ‘traditional’ human family, and promotion of this myth may have adverse consequences for health. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B.

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Alloparenting and religious fertilty: A test of the religious alloparenting hypothesis.

2019. Shaver, J., Sibley, C., Sosis, R., Galbraith, D. and Joseph Bulbulia. Alloparenting and religious fertilty: A test of the religious alloparenting hypothesis. Evolution and Human Behavior. 40: 315-324. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2019.01.004

Related Work

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Understanding Variation in Human Fertility: What Can We Learn from Evolutionary Demography.

Sear, Rebecca, David W. Lawson, Hillard Kaplan and Mary K. Shenk. 2016. Understanding Variation in Human Fertility: What Can We Learn from Evolutionary Demography. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150144. 

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Religious change is driven primarily by individual-level Darwinian processes.

Shaver, John. 2020. Religious change is driven primarily by individual-level Darwinian processes. Religion, Brain and Behaviour 10(1): 84-90.

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Why and how do some religious individuals, and some religious groups, achieve higher relative fertility?

Shaver, John. 2017. Why and how do some religious individuals, and some religious groups, achieve higher relative fertility? Religion, Brain and Behavior. 7(4): 324-327.

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Status competition, inequality, and fertility: Implications for the demographic transition.

Shenk, Mary K, Hillard Kaplan, and Paul Hooper. 2016. Status competition, inequality, and fertility: Implications for the demographic transition. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371:20150150.

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Does absence matter? A comparison of three types of father absence in rural Bangladesh.

Shenk, Mary K., Kathrine E. Starkweather, Howard C. Kress, and Nurul Alam. 2013. Does absence matter? A comparison of three types of father absence in rural Bangladesh. Human Nature 24(1):76-110. DOI: 10.1007/s12110-013-9160-5

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A model comparison approach shows stronger support for economic models of fertility decline.

Shenk, Mary K., Mary C. Towner, Howard C. Kress, and Nurul Alam. 2013. A model comparison approach shows stronger support for economic models of fertility decline. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110(20):8045-8050.

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Consanguineous Marriage, Kinship Ecology, and Market Transition.

Mary K., Mary C. Towner, Emily A. Voss, and Nurul Alam. 2016. Consanguineous Marriage, Kinship Ecology, and Market Transition. Current Anthropology: Volume 57, Supplement 13, June 2016. DOI: 10.1086/685712

 

Content, Cost, and Context: A Framework for Understanding Human Signaling Systems.

J. Barker, E. Power, S. Heap, M. Puurtinen, and R. Sosis. 2019. Content, Cost, and Context: A Framework for Understanding Human Signaling Systems. Evolutionary Anthropology 28: 86-99.

The Behavioral Ecology of Religion: The Benefits and Costs of One Evolutionary Approach.

Sosis, R. and J. Bulbulia. 2011. The Behavioral Ecology of Religion: The Benefits and Costs of One Evolutionary Approach. Religion 41: 341-362.

Examining the influence of life expectancy on reproductive timing, total fertility, and educational attainment.

Bulled, N. and R. Sosis. 2010. Examining the influence of life expectancy on reproductive timing, total fertility, and educational attainment. Human Nature 21: 269-289.

Signaling, Solidarity, and the Sacred: The Evolution of Religious Behavior.

Sosis, R. and C. Alcorta. 2003. Signaling, Solidarity, and the Sacred: The Evolution of Religious Behavior. Evolutionary Anthropology 12: 264-27

Profile: The Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance System.

Crampin et al (2012). Profile: The Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance System. International Journal of Epidemiology, 41(3), 676-685. 

Beyond the nuclear family: An evolutionary perspective on parenting.

Sear, R. (2016). Beyond the nuclear family: An evolutionary perspective on parenting. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7

How Much Does Family Matter? Cooperative Breeding and the Demographic Transition.

Sear, R., & Coall, D. A. (2011). How Much Does Family Matter? Cooperative Breeding and the Demographic Transition. Population and Development Review, 37(SUPPL. 1)

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

Sear, R., & Mace, R. (2008). Who keeps children alive? A review of the effects of kin on child survival. Evolution and Human Behavior, 29(1).

Cohort profile: The Kiang West Longitudinal Population Study (KWLPS) – a platform for integrated research and health care provision in rural Gambia.

Hennig et al (2015). Cohort profile: The Kiang West Longitudinal Population Study (KWLPS) – a platform for integrated research and health care provision in rural Gambia. International Journal of Epidemiology, 46(2), e13.

Family and fertility: does kin help influence women’s fertility, and how does this vary worldwide?

Sear, R. (2018). Family and fertility: does kin help influence women’s fertility, and how does this vary worldwide? Population Horizons. 

Bibliographies

'Religion and Fertility Bibliography'

A bibliography of previous studies of religion and fertility, p. 1-249.

‘Religious vs Secular Child Outcomes Bibliography’

A bibliography of previous studies examining the effects of parental religion on child outcomes, p. 1-83.

The Evolutionary Dynamics of Religion, Family Size, and Child Success

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