A new study by Peterson and Wingood et al found that "African-American female adolescents who spend more time watching rap music
videos are more likely to participate in high-risk behaviors such as binge
drinking and sex with multiple partners, to test positive for marijuana, and to
have a negative body image."
This study follows up on Wingood’s previous research with the same study population, where it was found that the teens who frequently watched rap videos were 3 times more likely to
have hit a teacher, 2.5 times more likely to have been arrested, and
twice as likely to have multiple sexual partners compared to infrequent
viewers. Frequent rap video viewers were also 1.5 times as likely to
have acquired a new STD, used drugs, or consumed alcohol.