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Consanguinity and reproductive behaviour in a tribal population 'the Baiga' in Madhya Pradesh, India.
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PMID:  7574448     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We have studied the marriage pattern and reproductive behaviour in a single Central Indian primitive tribe, the Baiga. Parents were consanguineous in 34% of marriages (19.2% mother's brother's daughter (MBD), 13.1% father's sister's daughter (FSD) and 1.7% were double first cross-cousins (DFCC). Fertility levels were significantly higher (p < 0.05) in related couples (4.7 offspring/couple) than unrelated couples (4.2/couple). Mortality (up to 20 years) was 19%. In the offspring of consanguineous couples it was higher (19.7%) than in the offspring of unrelated couples (18.6%) but the difference was not statistically significant. In consanguineous couples the reproductive period was longer than in unrelated couples, probably to allow compensation for increased reproductive losses (infant and childhood deaths). The level of social as compared to genetic parenting was about 35% as measured by tracking the inheritance of sickle gene, and allowance must be made for this in assessing the influence of consanguineous marriage on fertility and mortality.
P H Reddy; B Modell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of human biology     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0301-4460     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Hum. Biol.     Publication Date:    1995 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-11-14     Completed Date:  1995-11-14     Revised Date:  2009-09-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404024     Medline TA:  Ann Hum Biol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  235-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University College London Medical School, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Infant Mortality
Infant, Newborn
Infertility, Female
Middle Aged
Pregnancy Outcome
Sexual Behavior*
Grant Support
//Wellcome Trust

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