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.