Parental Ambivalence and Adolescent Sexuality

Parental Ambivalence and Adolescent Sexuality Sex Roles (2013) 69:112–114 DOI 10.1007/s11199-013-0276-1 BOOK REVIEW Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers. By Sinikka Elliott, New York, NYU Press, 2012. 216 pp. $22 (paperback). ISBN: 9780814722596 Laura M. Carpenter Published online: 16 March 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 In her outstanding monograph, Not My Kid: What Parents involved in these battles express considerable ambivalence Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers, sociologist and conflict about their teen children’s sexuality. For example, Sinikka Elliott investigates an apparent paradox: Almost most of the parents in Elliott’s study, regardless of their every parent believes that her or his own adolescent political ideology or religious beliefs, encouraged their teens offspring are too immature and naïve to be interested in sex to practice abstinence until marriage but also wanted them to even as they simultaneously perceive other adolescents—their know about contraception, just in case. children’speers—as hypersexual and hormone-driven. Even How do these ordinary mothers and fathers, recruited the few parents who believe that their teens are mature through three public high schools and one public middle and responsible enough to handle sexual activity see school located in a “blue” (liberal) city in Sex Roles Springer Journals

Parental Ambivalence and Adolescent Sexuality

Sex Roles , Volume 69 (2) – Mar 16, 2013

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