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The aim of the present project was to determine the effects of variations in the family formation patterns of Mexican women on late fetal and child mortality. The study consisted of a secondary analysis of the National Fertility and Health Survey conducted in 1987. The study population included 13,216 births occuring in the 15 years prior to the survey. Hobcraft's typology of the family formation patterns was adopted and adapted. Variations in the family formation patterns and in their relationship with late fetal, neonatal, postneonatal, infant and child mortality were analyzed over time and across a number of social variables. Contingency tables and logistic regression techniques were employed for the bivariate and multivariate analyses, respectively.
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