Please join us this Thursday, January 23rd (4:00-5:20pm, SS 401) to hear Bethany Everett, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Illinois at Chicago, present her paper ‘Investigating Pathways to Teenage Pregnancy Among Sexual Minority Adolescents: Stigma Management and the Role of Place‘. Alida Bouris, assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration, will serve as the discussant.
The abstract is below and her paper is attached. We hope to see you there!
Abstract:Previous research has found that sexual minority youth are more likely to report pregnancies during adolescence compared to their heterosexual counterparts. This paper investigates one mechanism linking sexual minority youth to increased teen pregnancy: attitudes about sex and pregnancy. Using Goffman’s Stigma Management Theory and Wave I of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N=12,983) I employ latent class analysis and OLS regression to investigate both the role of the social environment (e.g. urban, percent college graduates in neighborhood, percent Republican voters) on sexual minority adolescents’ attitudes about sex and pregnancy. Sexual minority girls are more likely to report positive attitudes and diminished negative attitudes about teen pregnancy compared to heterosexual girls. Sexual minority boys report less positive attitudes about sex and pregnancy than heterosexual boys. The results also show that the social environment exerts a strong influence on attitudes about sex and pregnancy and moderates the relationship between sexual minority status and attitudes about sex and pregnancy.
Please contact Theresa Anasti at firstname.lastname@example.org for an advance copy of the paper.