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Study: Reality show ‘16 and Pregnant’ reduced teen births

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LOS ANGELES — A new study concludes that the MTV show “16 and Pregnant” reduced teenage births by nearly 6 percent in the year and a half after the show started airing, countering concerns that the popular show has glamorized teen motherhood.

Teen motherhood has plummeted over the last two decades, hitting a record low last year. Advocacy groups believe sex education and the economic downturn have helped bring down the numbers, but researchers had yet to examine whether pop…

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