Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Paper


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Jo Hittner


Adolescents in the United States have an infinite amount of access to a multitude of the different types of mass media, including movies, television, music, magazines, and the Internet. Most of these adolescents tend to spend more time focusing on the media rather than the education they receive in the school or their parents. The majority of this content glamorizes being sexually active, including different types of sex messages with dialogue and content. Few of these different messages and content in the media include any type of information about being safe by using contraceptives and being mindful of sexual health. This literature review will discuss the effects of sex education and the media on teen pregnancy and adolescents being sexually active. The literature review will also discuss different ways that being sexually active are taught in the education system and how the different types of media play an effect and influence adolescents in their day to day lives.

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