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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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 Motivating Sexual Decisions

 Motivating Sexual Decisions

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(p.83) Chapter 4 Motivating Sexual Decisions
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Forbidden Fruit
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Mark D. Regnerus (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320947.003.0005

This chapter traces the development of adolescent heterosexual ethics and norms, including their motivations to avoid sex or engage in sex. It documents what types of adolescents are likely to take abstinence pledges, how well they work, and the sexual and familial idealism they portray. It also explores the popular but vaguely defined theme of “emotional readiness” as a barometer of sexual preparedness.

Keywords:   adolescents, sex, heterosexual ethics, abstinence, emotional readiness, sexual preparedness

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