Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Kristin Mack


My content analysis of The Secret Life of the American Teenager contributes information on the physical consequences of sexual acts to studies already conducted from content analyses of today's popular television shows. It also makes a contribution to the existing research because no one has studied this particular show. Because it is aired on a 'family network', it is specifically geared toward teens in a way other programs that have been studied have not been. The present research centers on the sexual acts of main characters, safe sex practices, types of sexual acts, gender of characters participating in these sexual acts and how pregnancy affects young men and young women unequally. From the results obtained in the content analysis, it is possible to see how The Secret Life of the American Teenager portrays teenage pregnancy and how the gender of the characters plays a role in such depictions.

Year of Submission



Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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