Media Influences on Teen Sexual Behavior and Childbearing (image) Wellesley College Share Print E-Mail Caption The decline in the US teen birth rate accelerated suddenly between 2008 and 2011. The Great Recession played the biggest role, but a new study shows that MTV's "16 & Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" also had a significant impact on the staggering drop in teen birth rates, accounting for one-third of the decline after the series first aired. Credit Wellesley College/Soe Lin Post Usage Restrictions Please credit Wellesley College Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.