Teen pregnancy remains a serious problem in the United States. Although rates have declined since 1991 around the time abstinence education became popular, the United States still has the highest rate of teen pregnancy among industrialized nations. A majority of these pregnancies are unplanned.
The researchers suggested that
- TV industry leaders should examine how programming can include messages to teens about the consequences of sexual activity.
- Parents need to monitor their teens' TV viewing and provide education about the consequences of sex.
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