Crystal - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
So, as I'm sure most of us (Americans) have been hearing, teen pregnancies, after having dropped 34% from 1991 - 2005, are now up again, at the highest since 1971.
Why do you think this is?
The above article provides links to several studies and other articles. They mentioned that the teen pregnancies began to rise even before the move "Juno" and the pregnancies of Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin. Do you think the extensive media coverage of these famous teens, not to mention the hit movie about teen pregnancy (plus the MTV show "16 and Pregnant"), glorifies teen pregnancy and makes it look attractive or cool to teens? Or do you think it shows teens what it's really like and helps them make better choices?
The article has a link to a sex ed article - Do you think pregnancies are rising because of our sex education here in the US, compared to other countries in Europe?
There's also a link to a study if a teen watches sex on TV, the better likelihood that they will become teen parents. What do you feel about this?