So, Just How Effective Are 'Teen Mom' and '16 and Pregnant' at Reducing Teen Pregnancies?

By Lani Conway on
(MTV) We apparently have MTV shows like 16 and Pregnant and its spin-off Teen Mom to thank for the decline in teenage pregnancies. According to a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, 16 and Pregnant is responsible for a 5.7% reduction in teen pregnancies in the 18 months following the show's first air date back in 2009. That decline equates to roughly 20,000 possible births to teenage mothers in 2010. The paper's researchers, Wellesley economist Phillip B. Levine and...Read Full Story

This Trailer for the New Season of 'Teen Mom' Is All the Birth Control You Need

By Darrick Thomas on
(Photos: MTV)MTV's Teen Mom franchise has been criticized for turning bad life decision into a blueprint for fame and fortune. It's a sad prospect, but there's probably some truth to the notion that some girls see the show as a path to success (see: Farrah Abraham). But the teaser for Season 3 makes the show look more like a cautionary tale. Not that it makes it any less exploitative, but this show and the situations it profiles look grim, you guys, not fun or enviable. If Teen Mom looks like...Read Full Story

'Teen Mom' Updates: Leah Messer Engaged, Pregnant (Picture)

By Deena Bustillo on
There's always lots of excitement around the Teen Mom gals and the latest updates are big: Leah Messer is engaged and pregnant again! Jeremy Calvert got down on one knee over Christmas, and the two will welcome a baby together in 2012.A source said (via "Leah just got engaged over the holidays and is pregnant with another child," a source told the magazine. "She is so excited!"Gossip Cop also confirmed the news.This will be the second marriage for Messer, who was married to...Read Full Story