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TV Shows Linked To Teen Pregnancy

A new study links provocative TV with unwanted teen pregnancy. So should you limit your kids TV time to Sesame Street or is there more here than meets the eye? Dr. Spiesel looks at the factors at play.

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Corrected: November 10, 2008 at 10:55 AM EST
In this story, we said that a RAND Corporation study indicated that teens who watch television with sexual content are more likely to become sexually active than those who do not watch such shows. That was an editorial error. The study showed that adolescents who have high levels of exposure to television programs that contain sexual content are twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy over the following three years as their peers who watch few such shows.