Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"16 and Pregnant" and the Impact on Birth Rates


Remember back to a few weeks ago at the beginning of the quarter when we talked about what might be impacting the birth rates? Well, you probably would never guess it, but the MTV show "16 and pregnant" might actually be causing a lower rate of teen pregnancy. I just came across this interesting NY Times article from January which talks about how young people watching this show are more likely to see it as a cautionary tale and thus it's influencing teens to NOT get pregnant. I thought this was so interesting, who would've ever thought a trashy show like this could have some positive impact by promoting safer sex!

Check it out here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/business/media/mtvs-16-and-pregnant-derided-by-some-may-resonate-as-a-cautionary-tale.html?_r=0


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