Medical Anthropology Research Group Seminars
Medical Anthropology Seminars (MARG): The relationship between environmental risk and teenage motherhood: An evolutionary approach
10 December 2008 12:00 in Anthropology Seminar Room (D104), Dawson Building
Previous studies have shown that strong relationships exist between deprived environments and teenage motherhood. However, such studies have predominantly identified deprivation using neighbourhood-wide measures of socio-economic status. Few studies of teenage parenthood have examined how individualsâ€™ perceive their pre-pregnancy environment and the importance of this perception on reproductive behaviour and timing. Using an evolutionary life history approach and a novel way of assessing environmental risk I examine how the wider environmental context can influence reproductive timings, life history trade-offs, and the decision of becoming a teenage mother.
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