GEN499 Teen Pregnancy and the Media

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oday, the media portray teen pregnancy in movies, television shows, magazines, music, news reports, and books. The problems caused by the media in relation to teenage pregnancy can be solved through education, elimination of the glamorization of teen pregnancy, and realistic depictions of parenting. In the 1970’s there was a discovery of the epidemic of teenage pregnancy. The problem of teenage pregnancy in the US spread like wildfire (“

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Teen Pregnancy and the MediaAmy DallasGEN499: General Education Capstone Kamille Stanton September 24, 2013Teenage Pregnancy and the MediaThere is a great debate on whether or not mass media has an influence on teenage pregnancy. A study done by the RAND Corporation shows that teens are twice as likely to have sex or engage in sexual acts if they see similar sexual behavior in the media. Many objects in the media that involve sex target teens. Reality TV shows and teen dramas often portray the "cool kids" as the ones who are having sex (Chandra).Today's teens are highly influenced by what they see in the media and this can change their behavior and choices. Some will argue that the media doesn't influence teenagers, but how can we be sure of that? Today, the media portray teen pregnancy in movies, television shows, magazines, music, news reports, and books. The problems caused by the media in relation to teenage pregnancy can be solved through education, elimination of the glamorization of teen pregnancy, and realistic depictions of parenting.In the 1970's there was a discovery of the epidemic of teenage pregnancy. The problem of teenage pregnancy in the US spread like wildfire ("Teenage Pregnancy..."). Even though the teenage pregnancy rate increased, you didn't see pictures of the pregnant teens around the media. The only way that it was spread through the media was through reports in newspapers. Unlike today, the media didn't

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