The Family: The Young Mother

One out of every two first-time brides in the U.S. is still in her teens.

More and more of them are having babies before they are 20.

So reports Washington's Population Reference Bureau, in an analysis of recent marriage trends. The number of teen-age wives who had babies rose from 47% in 1950 to 53% in 1959 (the latest year for which detailed birth and marriage statistics are available), and the percentage of teen-age wives with two or more children increased during that same period by close to half—from 11% to 16%.

Commented Robert C. Cook, president of the Population Reference Bureau: "Today,...

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