January 14, 2014 07:00 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
New research suggests that shows such as Sixteen And Pregnant may have actually resulted in a significantly lower teenage pregnancy rate. Kailyn Lowry certainly hopes so, as she’s well aware of the sacrifices young mothers are forced to make. The Teen Mom star strives to show viewers than adolescent pregnancy is definitely not glamorous.
Kailyn Lowry first agreed to join the cast of Sixteen And Pregnant because she wanted to serve as a tale of warning. Given all the struggles she’s faced as a young mother, she hopes that others in her position will decide to wait before having children. Although the reality star loves her kids, she also is disappointed by all she’s been unable to achieve. In a recent New York Times story, Kailyn explained, “I still haven’t gotten my bachelor’s degree, because, one, day care is so expensive and, two, how do you balance studying and having little ones at home?”
It looks like, thus far, Kailyn’s efforts to warn teens about young parenthood have proven successful. Results from a recent study suggest that shows like Sixteen And Pregnant and Teen Mom deserve a good deal of credit for recent decreases in the adolescent pregnancy rate. Since 2007, that rate has dropped from 42 teenage girls of every 1,000 in 2007 to a much lower 29 out of 1,000 in 2012.
Kailyn was certainly glad to learn of this development. She advised her Twitter followers to read the New York Times report, explaining, “This new study on teen pregnancies may surprise you!”
Do you think shows such as Teen Mom discourage adolescent pregnancy? Or do they, as critics suggest, glamorize a persistent problem? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below!
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