TV Programs With Sexual Content Impacting Teens

Teens who watch TV programs that show sexual content are twice as likely to get pregnant or father a child, according to a study by the Rand Corporation.

Researchers surveyed over two thousand teens in 2001, and followed up with them In 2004. TV viewing played a role in pregnancy, as well as whether a child lived in a two-parent household or they had behavioral problems.

Experts say the amount of sexual content on TV has risen substantially, but the responsibilities associated with sex have not.
Experts also say there is little representation of safe sex practices on TV.

The pregnancy rate has declined sharply since 1991, yet the U.S. still has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates among industrialized nations. Roughly 1 million young women get pregnant each year in the U.S.

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  • by Wilma Location: oogyboogy, VA on Nov 3, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    Ya think??????????? Kids today seeing 12 year olds only partially clothed.....stomachs and thongs showing..........I don't know how somebody could coorelate this to early pregnancy? What an Einstein of an article.
  • by Outraged Location: NC on Nov 3, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    This is unreal. They just figured this out? The mental impact of watching sexual images has been debated since the first time it was shown on TV. The moral and people with values of the USA and world wide has been telling the TV broadcasters for more than 30 years the impact they make by showing such things. The broadcasters seem to turn a blind eye to the problems and take no responsibility. It is the parents and the Childs responsibility too, but Media has a big part in it also. Seems to me the broadcasters should have to pay a fund that is set up for unwed mothers and fathers who need welfare!
  • by DK Location: Greenville on Nov 3, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    So what was the reason for pregnancy during the baby boom? Why do people blame stuff on TV? How do they determine that TV played a role on some girl getting pregnant. Im sure humans back in the 1300's were just as horny as they are now.

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