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Mixed Messages: Norms and Social Control around Teen Sex and Pregnancy

Stefanie Mollborn


Teenagers in the United States hear mixed messages about sexuality from the people and institutions around them. These social norms are important for understanding teen sexuality because they shape teens’ sexual behaviors and because the negative sanctioning of norm violators affects teens’ lives. Struggles over norms and enforcement around teen sexuality are also a major cultural battleground in U.S. society today. Based on 133 in-depth interviews with college students and teen mothers and fathers, this book reveals teenagers’ fascinating and complicated social worlds of communication and sil ... More

Keywords: Book norm, social control, sanction, teen sexuality, sex education, life course, social psychology, adolescence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190633271
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190633271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefanie Mollborn, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder