Researchers theorized this was because many of the girls featured in the two shows had become celebrities and therefore role models.“Maybe that’s what’s drawing viewers’ attention: the fact that one of the teen moms, Farrah Abraham, repeatedly is on the cover of for all the plastic surgery that she’s had.

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Every time the show airs, MTV promotes a website called Stay that “encourage[s] you to enjoy your teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting.” The site provides information about birth control, STDs and dating abuse. “Only 40 percent of teenage mothers ever graduate high school; two-thirds of families begun by an unmarried teen mother are poor. It shows how cool teen pregnancy is with a new reality series,” one review of the show by the Media Research Center, which offers a guide for appropriate television to parents, reads.

And the fact that many of the show’s stars become celebrities in their own right — gracing the cover of People magazine — doesn’t hurt the impression that having a child while in high school is one way to get attention.

The finding is significant because it shows that payday loan access is associated with unproductive borrowing, and directly links payday loan access to public health issues.

Births to teen moms have been steadily dropping since 1991, down 44 percent in nine years, according to the CDC.

Yet some suspected even star Janelle Evans’ friends had gotten pregnant within a year of Evans starring on the show.

Nobody knows whether these friends purposely became pregnant to follow in Evans’ footsteps and potentially garner media attention, but clearly Evans did not serve as the cautionary tale she was supposed to be even to her closest friends.

Further analysis of consumer-level data indicates that the lending restrictions reduce alcohol expenditures without affecting total household spending.

This is consistent with a distinct relationship between payday lending access and alcohol purchases, and suggests that present biased motivations underlie some loan use.

The entrenched cultural interdependence of and social inequality between European and African Americans leads African Americans to be highly visible targets of moral condemnation for their fertility behavior, and also sets up African Americans to pay a particularly high political, economic, psychosocial, and health price.