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A Note on Mortality in Jamaica

G. W. Roberts
Population Studies
Vol. 4, No. 1 (Jun., 1950), pp. 64-85
DOI: 10.2307/2172241
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2172241
Page Count: 22
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A Note on Mortality in Jamaica
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Abstract

This article analyses briefly various aspects of mortality in Jamaica. After an appraisal of available vital statistics, the mortality trend, as revealed in several measures, is traced and brief comparison with other West Indian colonies made. A discussion of the marked differential between legitimate and illegitimate infant mortality leads to the conclusion that the higher rate of the latter is associated with lower socio-economic status of the parents. Mortality from a few causes of death is also analysed and the possibility of improvement stressed. The probable consequences of declining mortality are illustrated by examining the probable growth of the population to 1951 in three broad age groups.

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