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Premarital Sex in America – How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying

Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker


This book tells the definitive story of the sexual and relationship values and practices of young adults. The authors draw upon their analysis of nationally representative data and scores of in-person interviews to help shed light on numerous questions about the sex lives of young Americans, including how long their relationships last, how quickly they become sexual, why the double standard is so stubborn, who remains a virgin and for how long, how gender imbalances in college change the rules of mating, the “price” of sex and its effects on relationship security, how online socia ... More

Keywords: sex, premarital sex, emerging adulthood, relationships, marriage, college students

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199743285
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Regnerus, author
Population Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
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Jeremy Uecker, author
Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill