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Monday Sep 01

Sexual Behavior

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Monday, 01 September 2014 16:01

To teach social issues, fictional narratives may be more convincing than news docs.

  

Young women shown a fictional drama about teen pregnancy were more likely to use birth control than those shown a news story on the challenges of being a teen parent, a study from Ohio State University (OSU) reveals. College-age women who had seen an episode of The OC, in which two teenage characters face the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy, felt more vulnerable during the two weeks following their seeing the show, thereby increasing their likelihood to use birth control during than time. Those who had seen the news show chronicling the difficulties involved in teen parenthood were unmoved and therefore no more likely to use birth control than before seeing the show.

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TV-14, TV-MA, TV-NOWAY

Monday, 01 September 2014 16:01

There may be a link between early exposure to explicit media and early sexual behavior.

Early sexual activity may be related to the amount of explicit media that teens had been exposed to as young children, says research from The Children’s Hospital Boston. The longitudinal study, which followed children aged six to 18, found that the younger children are when exposed to sexual content, the earlier they engage in sexual behavior during adolescence.

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