“Teen Mom” Reality TV

Feb 9, 2015

“Teen Mom” Reality TV

I am looking forward to presenting a new paper, “Teen Mom” Reality Television and the Experiences of Early-Age Parents, at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association.

With coauthors Cathy Chabot, Anna Carson, Jonathan Contreras-Whitney, and Jean Shoveller, this paper examines the ways early-age parents have experienced the effects of “teen mom” reality shows. An emerging body of research has been investigating the potential of such media interventions to discourage non-parenting youth from becoming parents, but little attention has been paid to such media’s impacts on youth who are themselves pregnant or parenting.

Look for our paper at the Parenting Culture and Experience session of the CSA Conference at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa, and if you get a chance to hear the presentation, let me know what you think.

This paper is part of the ongoing Young Parent Study led by UBC Professor Dr. Jean Shoveller.

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