UF Lecture: Mixed Messages About Teen Sex and Pregnancy and Why They Matter


May. 2, 2019, 7:30pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location

Auditorium Room 135


The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum Lecture Series presents “Mixed Messages About Teen Sex and Pregnancy and Why They Matter,” a talk by Stefanie Mollborn, Professor of Sociology/Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder.

Sex is bad, but use a condom. Having a baby would be a disaster, but abortion is a sin. U.S. teenagers hear many conflicting messages about sex. Professor Stefanie Mollborn examines how social norms and social control work through interviews with college students and teen mothers and fathers. By creating informal social sanctions like gossip and exclusion and formal communication such as sex education, families, peers, schools, and communities strategize to gain control over teens' behaviors. Showing that norms are ineffective, Mollborn calls for a more thoughtful and consistent dialogue, emphasizing messages that will lead to more positive health outcomes.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

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External Sponsor

Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts – Dean’s Office, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art,  and co-sponsored by the Departments of Sociology and Psychology and Health for Nevada.