Research Affiliate, Population Research Center, College of Liberal Arts
One of the nation's leading scholars on teen sexual behavior, Dr. Regnerus is the author of the book "Forbidden Fruit," which tells the definitive story of how religion shapes the sexual values and practices of American teenagers. His research covers a wide range of topics, including sentiment about waiting to have sex until marriage, motivation to pursue sexual relationships and teenagers experience of virginity loss. He also studies the interplay of family and religion and is currently working on a book about religion and HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Sociology of Religion; Family; Adolescence; Sexuality; HIV/AIDS in Africa; Human Motivation
Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers
"The Parent-Child Relationship and Opportunities for Adolescents' First Sex" in the Journal of Family Issues 27: 159-183. "Religious Change and Adolescent Family Dynamics" in the Sociological Quarterly 47: 175-194. "Religion and HIV Risk Behaviors among Married Men: Initial Results from a Study in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa" in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45: 505-528.