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Study says TV shows about pregnant teens helps lower teen pregnancy rate

Updated: Tuesday, January 14 2014, 06:05 PM CST
(CNN) -- The next time your teen turns on MTV's "16 and Pregnant," avoid any disparaging remarks. The show may actually encourage him or her to practice safer sex, according to a new study.

The study, released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, says "16 and Pregnant" ultimately led to a 5.7% reduction in teen births in the 18 months after its premiere on TV.

This would account for about one-third of the overall decline in teen births in the United States during that period, researchers Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine concluded.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/13/health/16-pregnant-teens-childbirth/index.html?iref=allsearchStudy says TV shows about pregnant teens helps lower teen pregnancy rate


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