16 and Pregnant LOWERS Teen Birth Rates?

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16 and Pregnant LOWERS Teen Birth Rates?
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Wed, 01-15-2014 - 11:19am

The U.S. teen birth rate declined between 2008 and 2011. While the Great Recession is considered to be the biggest player in the drop, a new study finds that MTV's "16 & Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" also had significant impacts on the drop in teen birth rates. Photo by Geoff Manasse via Getty Images

Calling all aspiring teenage reality TV stars: Have a baby and you could be featured on MTV's "16 and Pregnant" or "Teen Mom." And your chances are getting better because the pool of eligible teenage parents for the shows is declining -- and it may be a result of the show's popularity.

One reason fewer teens are having children before they turn 20 is because they are watching reality-based programming on MTV, according to a new study.

"You can look at the tweets," study co-author and Wellesley College economist Phillip B. Levine said. "People are saying, '16 and Pregnant is the best form of birth control.'"

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2014/01/watching-reality-tv-leads-to-lower-teen-birth-rates-study-finds.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=newshour

Wow!  This is really interesting.  Would you have guessed this result of the show?

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Wed, 01-15-2014 - 11:58am
I was a bit surprised by this. Those shows seem to make celebrities out of the moms and I really thought teen girls would want to be like them. I guess it really didn't show teen pregnancy in a glamorous light. Thankfully teens are taking note!
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Thu, 01-16-2014 - 11:38am

I watch the show with my teenage daughter. In most cases the boys run as soon as they find out the girl is pregnant and she is left alone to take care of the baby. If the boy does stick around it isn't for very long. It shows how hard it is to take care of a baby by yourself. We always thought that anyone that watched it would not think it was fun to have a baby so young.

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Thu, 01-16-2014 - 1:31pm

I've never see the show, but if it shows the reality of teen parenthood--greater lifetime risk of poverty, not to mention missing out on things important to teen girls, such as prom and dating--well, then, yes, I can see how this would help other girls think twice about not using BC or even having sex at all.

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Thu, 01-16-2014 - 5:07pm

ss4boysrus1 wrote:
<p>I watch the show with my teenage daughter. In most cases the boys run as soon as they find out the girl is pregnant and she is left alone to take care of the baby. If the boy does stick around it isn't for very long. It shows how hard it is to take care of a baby by yourself. We always thought that anyone that watched it would not think it was fun to have a baby so young.</p>

DD1 went through a phase watching this show, We would watch it together sometimes and we'd discuss it and how UNglamorous it looks too.   I don't like reality shows but if this one opens the door for communication b/w kids and parents more then that's good.