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Childlessness predicts helping of nieces and nephews in United States, 1910

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Summary. The 'helpers at the nest' hypothesis suggests that individuals who are not currently reproducing often help kin by caretaking and thereby increase their inclusive fitness. Using a large scale historical dataset (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series sample of 1910; n=13,935), the hypothesis is tested that childless couples are more likely to fulfil such a role by taking care of a niece or nephew, but not a parent, than couples with children. Childless couples were significantly more...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.1017/S0021932007002659

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Institution:
"Newcastle University, UK"
Department:
Centre for Behaviour and Evolution
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology,Institute of
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Robin I. M. Dunbar
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Biosocial Science Journal website
Volume:
40
Issue:
5
Pages:
761-770
Publication date:
2008-09-05
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EISSN:
1469-7599
ISSN:
0021-9320
URN:
uuid:84b8aa63-81f4-4942-8755-4d0b9034eb41
Local pid:
ora:3218

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