Americans stay deeply ambivalent approximately teenage sexuality. Many presume that such uneasiness is rooted in faith. yet how precisely does faith give a contribution to the formation of childrens' sexual values and activities? What distinction, if any, does faith make in teenagers' sexual attitudes and behaviors? Are abstinence pledges potent? What does it suggest to be "emotionally prepared" for intercourse? Who expresses regrets approximately their sexual intercourse and why?

Tackling those and different questions, Forbidden Fruit tells the definitive tale of the sexual values and practices of yankee youngsters, paying specific realization to how engaging in equipped faith shapes sexual decision-making. Merging analyses of 3 nationwide surveys with tales drawn from interviews with over 250 kids throughout the United States, Mark Regnerus reports how teenagers learn-and what they know-about intercourse from their mom and dad, faculties, friends and different resources. He examines what reports young people profess to have had, and the way they make feel of those studies in mild in their personal identities as non secular, ethical, and dependable persons.

faith can and does subject, Regnerus unearths, yet spiritual claims are usually swamped by means of different compelling sexual scripts. really attention-grabbing is the emergence of what Regnerus calls a brand new heart type sexual morality which has little to do with a wish for virginity yet however shuns sex with a view to keep away from dangers linked to being pregnant and STDs. And strikingly, evangelical adolescents will not be much less sexually energetic than their non-evangelical opposite numbers, they only are likely to suppose guiltier approximately it. actually, Regnerus unearths that few non secular youngsters have internalized or are even capable of articulate the sexual ethic taught through their denominations. The only-and principally ineffective-sexual message such a lot non secular young people have become is, "Don't do it until eventually you are married." finally, Regnerus concludes, faith may perhaps effect adolescent sexual habit, however it hardly ever motivates sexual determination making.

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