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

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We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. Interestingly, he of Amer ican Teenagers, by Mark D. New alsoYork: finds that patterns of sexual abstinence among Oxford University Press, , pages. Cavendish ulate, but rather by their desire to avoid pregnancy or University of South Florida exposure to STDs, what Regnerus regards as "a new middle-class sexual morality" p.

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It you are looking tor an exhaustive and balanced Among the parts of the book that sociologists of description of the role that religion plays in how Amer religion are likely to find the most interesting is the chapter "A Typology of Religious Influence. Using data Regnerus charts six different ways in which religion can influence human behavior, including the sexual gathered from two nationally representative surveys— the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health behavior of teens, based on three dimensions: the respon "Add Health" and the National Survey of Youth and dent's awareness of religious teachings, the degree of Religion NSYR —as well as from in-depth personal congruence between those religious teachings and the interviews with of the teenagers in the NSYR sam human behavior in question, and whether the respon ple, Regnerus documents the various forces, particu dent willfully chooses to be "obedient" or "disobedi larly those found within organized religion, that shape ent" to those teachings.

Methodologically, the data and analyses upon which this book is based are quite sound. NSYR data were Kegnerus begins his analysis by describing the reli gious and sexual lives of American teenagers. Here, gathered from a telephone survey of 3, English he shows that although a majority of teens are reli and Spanish-speaking teenagers and their parents, and giously apathetic, most of them, even the nonreligious, from follow-up, in-depth, personal interviews with exhibit tolerant attitudes toward both the religious and of those youth.

Having served as project co-investi the nonreligious. He also reveals that the sexual prac gator for NSYR, Regnerus is up front with his readers tices of teens are pretty traditional, and that the strongest about potential threats to the validity of the data, as for predictors of "first sex" or already having experienced instance when he reports that although a respondent sexual intercourse at the time of the survey are hav Jarrod "told us over the telephone that religion is an ing sexually permissive friends and attendance at schools "extremely" important influence in his daily life," in where a high percentage of their classmates have already person "he says that he doesn't see himself as much tiad sex.

The fact that similar discrepancies between tionship between religion and teenager's sexual attiphone and in-person reporting are found among other tudes and behaviors, and here readers are treated torespondents e. Regnerus Religion, he reports, influences teenagers' attitudes does test for social desirability bias by other means more than their behaviors, and the influence stems pp.

Thissocial is and organizational dimension of religion's influ evident, for instance, in his discovery that Evangeli ence on teenagers' beliefs and behaviors pp.

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

Among his more startling find ties to sexually permissive peers as measured in Add ings—and one that, no doubt, will disappoint mem Health by percentage of nonvirgins at teen's school , bers of the pledge movement—is that the majority1ofwas surprised that Regnerus did not test—or if he those who pledge to abstain from sex until marriage tested, that he didn't report—the influence of atten end up breaking their vow, although pledgers do main dance at a religious versus a nonreligious school.

NSYR tain virginity longer and have fewer sexual partners did ask respondents whether their school is religious This content downloaded from She aptly gration in a moral community and exposure to reli describes the desire of Korean American Christians to gious norms in theology classes. Written from more icals and Korean American Protestants" pg In of a normative perspective, and justified as an attempt this well-organized book, Kim conceptualizes the sec to "pay adequate deference to the interests of adoles ond generation Korean American churches in the U.

S cents, their parents, and the organizations that serve as "hybrid third space" in that the leaders of these newly them" p. For spirituality by incorporating and reinterpreting essen instance, Regnerus is correct in pointing out that "the tial beliefs, symbols, and practices from Korean Protes health-and-life-chances approach to evaluating ado tantism and mainstream American Evangelicalism. The lescent sexuality" would be more compelling if "sex notion of "hybrid third space" or "hybrid spirituality" ually active teenagers actually exhibited better emotional is very helpful for understanding the elements that char health, happiness, heightened respect between the gen acterize these newly formed churches.

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It first introduces the forces that fueled the second because of facts to the contrary. However, what needs generation ministers to establish independent churches to be asked and only a lengthier discussion would per e.

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The first Despite these very minor weaknesses, Regnerus three chapters are devoted to the development of sec has made an outstanding contribution to the scholarly ond-generation Korean American churches within the literature with the publication of this book. Readers community of Korean-American churches and immi will find his analyses to be overwhelmingly thorough grant churches.

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Americans remain deeply ambivalent about teenage sexuality. Many presume that such uneasiness is rooted in religion. But how exactly does religion. Americans remain deeply ambivalent about teenage sexuality. Many presume that such uneasiness is rooted in religion. This book tackles such questions as.

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Karen Lee-Thorp. It first introduces the forces that fueled the second because of facts to the contrary. View Wishlist. Simply link your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number to your Booktopia account and earn points on eligible orders. It you are looking tor an exhaustive and balanced Among the parts of the book that sociologists of description of the role that religion plays in how Amer religion are likely to find the most interesting is the chapter "A Typology of Religious Influence.

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