Understanding the Effects of MTV's 16 and Pregnant on Adolescent Girls' Beliefs, Attitudes, and Behavioral Intentions Toward Teen Pregnancy

  title={Understanding the Effects of MTV's 16 and Pregnant on Adolescent Girls' Beliefs, Attitudes, and Behavioral Intentions Toward Teen Pregnancy},
  author={Jennifer Stevens Aubrey and Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz and Kyung Bo Kim},
  journal={Journal of Health Communication},
  pages={1145 - 1160}
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