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Forbidden FruitSex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers$
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Mark D. Regnerus

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320947.001.0001

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 Learning Sexuality

 Learning Sexuality

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(p.57) Chapter 3 Learning Sexuality
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Forbidden Fruit
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320947.003.0004

This chapter explores how adolescents learn about sex and sexuality. It discusses various parental strategies for the socialization and education of children about sex and contraception, focusing on distinctions between moral education and information exchange. It shows that religion influences what parents say about sex and contraception, with whom they discuss it, how often, and with what degree of ease. The association between religion and developing homosexual and bisexual identities, attractions, and practices in adolescence is also considered.

Keywords:   adolescents, sex education, sexuality, socialization, contraception, religion, parents, homosexuality, bisexuality

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