Predicting age at onset of menopause: testing the "adaptive onset" hypothesis. Journal Article uri icon



  • This study tests the "adaptive onset" hypothesis (AOH) proposed by Kuhle and explores the potential adaptive origins of menopause (Kuhle (2007) [3]). The AOH posits that both menopause and the timing of its onset are adaptive, and that age at onset may be mediated according to the likelihood of successful continued reproduction. Twelve factors were hypothesized to predict whether continued reproduction would be successful. Eight factors were tested using data extracted from the NLS Mature Women cohort. Statistical analyses reveal no support for predictions of the AOH; in fact, a majority of analyses suggest trends opposite from those predicted.

publication date

  • November 20, 2009

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • October 3, 2013 12:10 PM

Full Author List

  • Stinespring Harris AE; Bernstein RM; Kuhle BX

author count

  • 3

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-4111

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 193

end page

  • 195


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