“Teen Mom” May Have Helped Lower Teen Birth Rate

The teen birth rate in the United States has reached a new low, causing some psychologists to wonder if they have been unfairly critical of television shows that feature pregnancy in adolescents. Critics have said shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom" glorify teen pregnancy rather than preventing it, however a new study released by the CDC shows the rate of births in girls, ages 15 to 17, has declined by 63 percent since 1991. “I have to eat my hat and kind of say, ‘Yeah, I’ve been proven wrong,’” said Los Angeles psychologist Dr. Nancy Irwin.

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