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Teen Pregnancy And Teen Pregnancies

Even though some people say shows such as ’16 and pregnant’ and ‘Teen Mom’ glamorize teen pregnancies, the rate of teen births have dropped even more since the television shows have aired in 2009. The shows show the challenges and struggles that come with getting pregnant at a young age, while still juggling high school. Between 1991 and 2008 teen pregnancy was dropping 2.5 % per year. Between 2010 and 2014 the rate has been dropping 7.5 % per year, and increasing. One in six 15 year old females will give birth by her 20th birthday. More than 750,000 teen girls in the United States learn they are pregnant each year, this number is the lowest in U.S. history.
Teen pregnancy rates have dropped more and more through the years. Since the show ’16 and Pregnant’ has aired, between 1991 and 2008, the rate has dropped an average of about 2.5 percent a year. Between 2010 and 2014, the rate has dropped 7.5 percent a year (Wilson 2). In 2010, the show ’16 and Pregnant’ was the highest rated television show in females ages 12 to 34 years old (Harwood 3). Jacque Wilson noted “16 and pregnant ultimately led to a 5.7% reduction in teen births in the 18 months after its premiere on tv” (1). It seems as the show got more popular that the number of teen births reduced. The show could be the reason for 20,000 less teen births in the year 2010 (Culp-Ressler 1). Phillip Leviene and Melissa Kearney say the number of teen pregnancy dropped 29.4 percent per every thousand in 2011 (1). Using media, such as television, is a good way to get messages to teenagers (Culp- Ressler 1). Phillip Levine, a professor at Wellesley College, told NBC News, “You could talk about it in a classroom environment and maybe it could have some impact, but this is much more c...

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...m have had more kids after being on the show, which is not discouraging young pregnancy (Debate.org 3.) Plus, the show hardly ever discusses abortion or any other health options for the young mothers (Cup-Ressler 2.) Some of the parents from the show are in the news for over using drugs, going to rehab, and going to jail (Culp-Ressler 2.) Young girls who watch 16 and pregnant or Teen mom may see the girls on 16 and pregnant as role models and follow in their footsteps (Debate.org 3.) Also, the show makes the teen parents celebrities, even after they are not on the show anymore (Culp-Ressler 2.) The point of the shows are too discourage young pregnancy not to make the young parents celebrities (Debate.org 3.) All of these may be true but, ever since the shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have aired, the drop in teen pregnancy have dropped more than they ever have.

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