How to measure reproductive success?
Article first published online: 14 APR 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Human Biology
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 361–369, May/June 2003
How to Cite
Strassmann, B. I. and Gillespie, B. (2003), How to measure reproductive success?. Am. J. Hum. Biol., 15: 361–369. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.10154
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2003
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 DEC 2002
- Manuscript Received: 16 AUG 2002
To date there have been few empirical comparisons between alternative methods for measuring reproductive success (RS). We consider the pros and cons of alternative measures of RS to provide guidance for the design of field studies in human behavioral ecology. We compare cross-sectional measures that count offspring alive at the time of the interview and retrospective measures that require data on offspring age at death or censoring. We consider analyses that include adult women (yielding age-specific estimates of RS) as well as analyses restricted to postreproductive women (yielding data on lifetime RS). These methods are applied to reproductive data for the Dogon of Mali, West Africa. Am. J. Hum. Biol. 15:361–369, 2003. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.