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Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers

Mark D. Regnerus


Americans remain deeply ambivalent about teenage sexuality. Many presume that such uneasiness is rooted in religion. This book tackles such questions as: how exactly does religion contribute to the formation of teenagers' sexual values and actions? What difference, if any, does religion make in adolescents' sexual attitudes and behaviors? Are abstinence pledges effective? Who expresses regrets about their sexual activity and why? The book combines analyses of three national surveys with stories drawn from interviews with over 250 teenagers across America. It reviews how young people learn, and ... More

Keywords: teenage sexuality, sexual values, adolescents, abstinence pledges, sex education, peer groups, morality, religion, pregnancy, STDs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195320947
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark D. Regnerus, author
University of Texas at Austin
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