MTV's Public Service Message: Teen Moms

MTV's Public Service Message: Teen Moms

MTV's two teen-mom reality shows have been criticized for glamorizing teenage mothers, but a new study shows they've led instead to a significant drop in births to teenage girls.

When MTV's two reality shows, "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" launched, many criticized the network for glamorizing teen pregnancy. But a new study shows that rather than making teen pregnancy look appealing, the shows are responsible for a significant drop in births to teenagers. We speak with the study's author about the surprising findings and possible new approaches to influencing teen behavior.

Guests

Phillip Levine

Professor of Economics, Wellesley College

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