Journal of Biosocial Science

Research Article

Variations in familial neonatal mortality risks in four countries

Siân L. Curtisa1 and Fiona Steelea2

a1 Macro International, Calverton, Maryland, USA

a2 Department of Social Statistics, University of Southampton

Summary

This paper investigates variations in the strength and structure of familial association in neonatal mortality risks in four populations; Bolivia, Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania. Exploratory analyses of the structure of the familial association are presented for each population. Random effects logistic models are then used to estimate the strength of familial association in neonatal mortality risks using a standard set of control variables. The results suggest that the strength of familial association in neonatal mortality risks is quite similar in these four populations which would be consistent with a biological explanation for the association. However, some differences were found, particularly in the form of the association in Peru, which may suggest at least a small role of other factors.