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Teen Pregnancy Linked To TV Content: Study

November 3, 2008

Sexual content on television is strongly associated with teen pregnancy, a new study from the RAND Corporation shows.

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Researchers at the nonprofit organization found that adolescents with a high level of exposure to television shows with sexual content are twice as likely to get pregnant or impregnate someone as those who saw fewer programs of this kind over a period of three years. It is the first study to demonstrate this association, RAND said.

A central message from the study is that there needs to be more dialogue about sex in the media, particularly among parents and their children, said Anita Chandra, the study’s lead author and a behavioral scientist at RAND.

“We know that parents are busy, but sitting down and watching shows together with their teen, talking about the character portrayals, talking about what they just witnessed, and really using it as a teachable moment is really, I think, a good recommendation from this research,” Chandra said.

To measure exposure, the researchers used a method developed by another research group evaluating 23 shows for sexual content. Then, they asked teenagers how frequently they watched each of those shows, and developed a score based on exposure to the shows.

“We know that if a child is watching more than an hour of TV a day….

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Study First To Link TV Sex With Real Teen Sexual Problems

By Rob Stein
The Washington Post

Teenagers who watch a lot of television featuring flirting, necking, discussion of sex and sex scenes are much more likely than their peers to get pregnant or get a partner pregnant, according to the first study to directly link steamy programming to teen pregnancy.

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2008/11/02/AR2008110202592.html?hpid=topnews

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Pro-life groups slam Obama

April 2, 2008

By S. A. Miller
The Washington Times
April 2, 2008

Pro-life activists say Sen. Barack Obama’s abysmal record on abortion issues is reflected by his remark that he would not want his daughters to be “punished with a baby” if they were to make a “mistake” as teenagers.
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“He would want his own grandchild aborted. It shows a real callous disregard for human life,” said David Osteen, executive director of National Right to Life. “This is a window into his soul.”
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The criticism follows continued scrutiny of Mr. Obama’s longtime relationship with a pastor known for racially incendiary sermons, as national polls show him in a neck-and-neck race with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
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Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said the candidate’s comment should not be interpreted as condoning abortions.
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“What Senator Obama said and what he believes is clear: Children are ‘miracles,’ but we have a problem when so many children are having children,” he said.
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“Parents have a responsibility to teach their children about values and morals to help make sure they are not treating sex casually. And while he understands the passions on both sides of this difficult issue, Senator Obama believes we can all agree that we should be taking steps to reduce the number of teen pregnancies and abortions in this country.”

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