Teen Pregnancy: Hollywood's Fault


Nov. 3 2008, Published 4:43 a.m. ET

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Forget about safe sex, the pill and abstinence – according to a new study, a new form of birth control could be parents turning off whatever their kids are watching.

Researachers at the RAND organization say that a three-year study of teens and their TV-watching behavior shows that those who watch shows with sexy content are more likely to become pregnant earlier than their peers, according to Reuters.

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"Our findings suggest that television may play a significant role in the high rates of teenage pregnancy in the United States," said Anita Chandra, one of the behavioral scientist swho led the research.

While Hollywood can't take all the blame, its stars are used to the criticism that they help glamorize teen pregnancies. Highly-profile young moms like Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin and movies like Juno are often pointed at as contributing to the problem.

Jamie Lynn Spears

"I was getting contacted by so many people regarding the plight of young pregnancy that I was beginning to think I was the leading obstetrician in this country or something," Juno writer Diablo Cody recently said said at the MTV Networks Election Effect Panel Discussion in NYC.

So, 'fess up, Sarah Palin! What was on your TV up there in Alaska?


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