Teen Marriage: Preventing Dangers

We usually think of young marriage in the discourse of third-world countries where girls are forced to marry at early age. This damaging practice is a terrible thing, but not all young girls are deprived of choice. Some teens in the US tend to marry willingly. Why they do so and what consequences can it have? Let’s analyze the issue to find out.

Teen years are the times of strong emotions and categorical decision-making. Also, young people tend to lack profound experience in relationships, life in general and work. Thus, one of the most popular reasons for marriage is becoming ‘independent’ and flying out of the nest. However, this is by no means a reason to tie the knot. Jumping from a ‘child’ mode to a more responsible stage of human life can cause distress and turn out to be very different from what a young person imagined.

Also, there’s this idea of finding the true mate for life. But how can you be sure you have found the right person if you’re 16? Such things need to be tested with time. If you have chosen your true future spouse, the marriage can wait until you’re more mature.

Unwanted results

There are several effects of young marriages. One of the most obvious is getting behind in studies. Not all people who are in college can manage the married life well enough; for teens, it is even harder. The extreme case is dropping out of school, which can influence the life of the individuals making them more likely to be poor in the future. Women who get married before 19 are 50% more likely to drop out of school while their chances to finish a college decrease four-fold.

Young marriages are not always a disaster, but those who get married when in school seem to go through a lot more struggle connected with their age problems. These days a person has to figure out what to do in life in terms of profession, how to approach relationships, whether to move out of the town or to stay, etc. People who get married in their 20-ies or even later usually have a part of these issues solved.

Avoiding hasty decisions

All these issues can be prevented by postponing the big decision for several years. So, why go through the problems of teen families? Teenagers should be concentrated on studies, personal development, art and other things that contribute to our personal stories. Teachers and parents are the first who have to talk to teens about the things they may encounter as married people and probably refocus their attention to being an established individual before approaching this period in life.