Identification with and Social Comparison to Teen Mothers on Teen Mom Over Time

Nicky Lewis, Anne E. Norris

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Abstract

This study replicates from a cross-sectional study about how young Latina teen viewers identify with and socially compare to teen mothers on MTV’s Teen Mom over time. Identification and social comparison effects on attitudes toward teen pregnancy were assessed among the same group of Latina teen viewers at two different time points approximately one year apart. Results determined that upward social comparison and identification were associated with positive attitudes toward teen pregnancy in eighth grade, whereas downward social comparison was associated with negative attitudes toward teen pregnancy in ninth grade. Implications for teen mom reality programming audiences are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Communication
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StateAccepted/In press - 2022

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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