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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 culture was also steering teens away from parenthood.

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