CPC Fellow Jane Brown comments on study on consequences of TV sex for adolescents

Nov 4, 2008

Jane Brown, CPC Fellow and James L. Knight Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, comments on a study in the latest Pediatrics. The study examined the effects of watching TV with sexual content on adolescent pregnancy.

'"I don't find it surprising," says Jane Brown, who studies media and adolescent health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Most teenagers watch about three hours of TV a day, so the likelihood that they'll encounter sexual content is high. "It's a cumulative effect," she says. "It's probably not any one portrayal that makes the difference, but it's a consistent, and now unhealthy, sexual script that adolescents do see as a depiction of appropriate behavior."'

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