Study: 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom Increase Awareness, Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rates

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MTV makes a killing promoting debauchery among dumbass kids.

Watch these Jersey Shore clips and you won't argue that. But according to a new study, two programs on the network may actually benefit society.

Chelsea Houska on Teen Mom 2

America's teen birth rate plummeted in 2009 after rising from 2005 to 2007, and experts say 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom open youths' eyes.

Teen Mom's Maci Bookout and son Bentley.

THG recently debated whether Teen Mom glorifies teen pregnancy.

According to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, it may do the reverse, as 82 percent of teens say the shows help them understand the challenges of pregnancy and parenthood - and why they should avoid it.

"Entertainment media is one of the nation's favorite punching bags, but it can be and often is a force for good," says group spokesman Bill Albert.

"Some critics say these shows glamorize teen pregnancy, but our survey data shows that's not the case — that not only do they not glamorize it, but teens who have seen it suggest it makes the realities of teen parenthood more real to them."

It's true ... Amber Portwood is basically a living, breathing deterrent.

Chronicling the travails of teen moms and dads through rocky relationships and the emotional swings of having a baby, 16 and Pregnant debuted in 2009.

Its spinoff, Teen Mom, has followed the cast in subsequent months and years. MTV just released a trailer for Teen Mom 2, featuring a new crop of moms.

While it remains to be seen if the success (and paydays) of the original cast members send the opposite message going forward, this is encouraging.

A positive message getting across. From MTV. A Christmas miracle?






trust me lexxi i am almost 19 i have a baby girl my parents up and left and said mean things wen i found out giving up the baby is not the best thing i think because its a time you can make a difference on someone else life after you have the baby looking at it and seeing it smile and count on you makes allot of things seem allot better.and the man thing its better to let him go because maybe he will realize one day what he lost my baby daddy didn't want nothing to do with us at first and he is part of our life and i cant stand it the baby needs its mom more then anything and if u give it up u will never be as happy. yes it is allot of work but its worth it when they say mom and smile. to accusal be needed is an awesome feeling


I don't feel bad for teens who get pregnant. They know what could happen when they open their legs. You can get a std, get pregnant, etc. Kids nowadays think they can do anything they want and think they know everything there is to know, but of course the parents are left to care for the child. If this "new found study" is true, girls aren't getting pregnant because they know the guy won't stay. I know a lot of girls who WANTED to have a kid just so the guy will stay but say "oh it was an accident."

Tanika kiedis

Pfffffft! Bullshit mtv has helped anyone @ all! They making that up smh.


Lexii, I am praying for you girl. There are tons of families out there looking for a baby, but can you live with the fact that you had to give your baby up because you had no one to help you out? I know that I would have given up my baby when I was pregnant in high school because my family wouldn't have been there for me. Maybe you can have a talk with your family about how you are feeling. I would write a letter to them as a whole and then ask for a family meeting. Ask them for support on what to do. Ask them if they could live with you giving up the baby. The most important thing in the world is support. If your family wont give it to you then find people who will. It takes a very harsh emotional strain on you to have a baby and to give it up. Either way you will be full of emotions and you will need support.


Of course it helps deter. I have never seen a more realistic view of what having a baby at a young age does to a person's life other than watching my own family. I know many girls don't think about what it is really like out there after you have the baby and after your family is done putting up with you. Many families are like Farrah's mom and they are biotches. Macy's family is very different that the families I have seen in real life. This show is the opportunity to show what REALLY goes on when you have a baby and have to care of it and provide for it and how it affects your life of giving up everything you ever wanted because you had a baby before you had the chance to do it all.


Im 16 years old and currently pregnant, the guy dose not want anything to do with me and i only found out about this pregnancy when i was also 4 months pregnant, my parents have not opened up to me or shown love latley. I am having a difficult time making choices and im in the position of going to give up the baby for adoption, I wish i could have some more opions if i am making the right choice.

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