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Sex is bad. Unprotected sex is a problem. Having a baby would be a disaster. Abortion is a sin. Teenagers in the United States hear conflicting messages about sex from everyone around them. How do teens understand these messages? In Mixed Messages, Stefanie Mollborn examines how social norms and social control work through in-depth interviews with college students and teen mothers and fathers, revealing the tough conversations teeangers just can't have with adults. Delving into teenagers' complicated social worlds Mollborn argues that 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. However, while teens strategize to keep control, they resist the constraints of the norms, revealing the variety of outcomes that occur beyond compliance or deviance. By showing that the norms existing today around teen sex are ineffective, failing to regulate sexual behavior, and instead punishing teens that violate them, Mollborn calls for a more thoughtful and consistent dialogue between teens and adults, emphasizing messages that will lead to more positive health outcomes.
Examines past and present societal influences that have fostered the continued use of licit and illicit drugs by Americans from virtually every walk of life. Presents the analyses and viewpoints of prevention and communications experts on how "mixed messages" are often sent to American youth regarding acceptable use of alcohol and other drugs. Analyzes public and private sector policies, practices, and regulatory initiatives aimed at reducing and eliminating alcohol and other drug problems.
Let us not assign a value to a journey based solely on how long it took to get to our destination. Looking back upon this extraordinary experience... I have few regrets. And those would be the times when I concealed and repressed my observations and true feelings out of fear of losing a most precious person. In reflection...these have been the most creative two years ever. I was awakened to my calling again (acting and writing) and my health certainly is an example of the path I chose to follow. I wish for each of you to find the courage to go beyond your "comfort zone." Oh yes, we'll meet again and share our adventures with all that includes. And connected to the best that has been given to me by God, I feel exhilarated by all that took place and most importantly...I still believe in the Power of LOVE...
Mixed Messages features fictional narratives paired with firsthand advice from a licensed psychologist to help preteen and teen readers better understand the countless media messages that are presented to them daily. Topics include body image, stereotypes, sex, violence, and partying. Throughout the book, Talk About It questions encourage discussion. Additional resources, a glossary, and an index are also included. Mixed Messages will leave readers with a refreshing, more discerning eye for the media.
Knock, knock. Who's there? Carrie O'Reilly gets a frightened message from her younger sister. Turns out Jenny's on the run—from a killer. Don't tell anyone where I am, Jenny tells her. The next thing Carrie knows, a stranger named Sam Evans is knocking at her door—and he's looking for Jenny. According to Sam, the real murderer is trying to frame him, and Jenny is the one person who can prove his innocence. So Carrie and Sam team up. It's the only way she can save her sister and the only way he can save himself. As they search for Jenny, Carrie finds herself becoming more and more attracted to Sam. But can she really trust him? Is he friend or foe? Victim or perpetrator? Lover or deceiver? Talk about mixed messages!

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