Youth: Teen-Age Marriage

You got that feel, learning good, You're ready now, girl, You're ready now.

Or so lots of the teen-age hippies swinging to Franky Valley's rock-'n'-roll hit think. Last week a group of psychologists and educators gathered at the San Francisco Medical Center to discuss how teen-age marriages fare. The background statistics were chilling in themselves: 40% of today's brides are between the ages of 15 and 18; within five years, half of teen-age marriages end in divorce.

Why do teen-agers get married? And what goes wrong? Pennsylvania State University Professor Carlfred Broderick sees it beginning when they decide to go steady (more...