Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Does Watching Sex on Television Predict Teen Pregnancy? Video with Dr Anita Chandra

RAND researchers examined the link between teen pregnancy and exposure to sexual content on TV. The study found that frequent exposure to TV sexual content was associated with a significantly greater likelihood of teen pregnancy in the following three years.

I wrote about this recently."Exposure to Sex on TV May Increase the Chance of Teen Pregnancy"

Here is a short video of Dr Anita Chandra talking about the findings.

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RD said...

Good find S.H.
Makes perfect sense to me.

Greg said...

She makes a lot of sense. When we educate our kids through sexual education and not through the media, we can prepare them to protect themselves and be responsible about their bodies, either through safe sex or abstinence. One flaw in her statement is that she has not proven causation, only correlation. Are those children who are watching a lot of sexually explicit TV, and who are engaging in dangerous sexual activities also have parents who are not participating in a helpful or healthy way to bring up responsible Adults? Or could it be the amount of high fructose corn syrup? The link that she has made is very ephemeral. Good message, bad science.

Secular Heretic said...

Good comment Greg. There is probably a whole bundle of issues wrapped up in it like drug and alcohol abuse, smoking etc that describes the characteristics of a teen who does get pregnant. All are probably impacting on each other and its really hard to work out the cause or probably multiple causes.