Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Mixed MessagesNorms and Social Control around Teen Sex and Pregnancy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stefanie Mollborn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190633271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190633271.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 28 October 2020

“Carrying a Stigma”

“Carrying a Stigma”

Communities and Teen Sexuality

(p.144) 6 “Carrying a Stigma”
Mixed Messages

Stefanie Mollborn

Oxford University Press

Communities are the outer circle of the social worlds interviewees described when talking about norms and social control around teen sex and teen pregnancy. Families, peers, and schools are embedded in communities. People and institutions in the community try to control teens’ access to opportunities for sex, contraception, and abortion. They can strengthen their control by collaborating or weaken it through conflict. The threat of social sanctions from the community affects teens’ behaviors and their public portrayals of those behaviors, as well as other people’s enforcement of teen sexuality norms. Although the norm sets and metanorms in a community are usually confusing and contradictory, an underlying moral or practical rationale provides a cohesive logic. These rationales, which tend to track with the importance of religion in the community, combine with its socioeconomic status to shape teens’ behaviors and their public portrayals and justifications of these behaviors.

Keywords:   norm, social control, teen sex, teen pregnancy, communities, norm set, conflict, socioeconomic status, religion, sanction

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .