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Study reports interesting findings about '16 and Pregnant'

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new study is reporting some interesting findings about the MTV show 16 & Pregnant.

According to the study released Monday, the show may actually encourage teens to practice safer sex.

The National Bureau of Economic Research says the number of teen births has dropped 5.7 percent in the 18 months the show has been on TV.

The study also looked at Nielsen ratings.

Where viewership was high in certain locations, the teen birth rate also went down.