Maternal investment and reproductive history of mothers living in contexts with different degrees of urbanization

The present study has the purpose to characterize both the maternal investment and the reproductive history of mothers from different contexts. To this end, 150 mothers living in three contexts with different degrees of urbanization were interviewed. Through statistical analysis of the data, it was found that there were significant differences between contexts as well as positive correlations between reproductive cores, such as age at first sexual intercourse and mother' age at the birth of the first child. It was concluded that reproductive strategies are influenced by the mothers' life history, current sociodemographic conditions, and the context where they live.

life history theory; reproductive strategies; urbanization; maternal investment


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