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Transcript of Teen Love
That's because teens often get married for the wrong reasons.
Teen brides face higher abuse levels. Teenagers in love tend to focus on their partner so much they aren't paying attention to their own health. Though not the case 100% percent of the time, teenage marriages are often unhealthy.
Wanting to just
from your parents already.
Making sure you and your partner don't lose each other.
If you are already in a relationship or marriage and you're having a rough time, there is help.
Are you in love? Have you considered marriage?
If you are young and experiencing your first love, you should wait to see how things work out before marriage is thought about.
Teenage married couples are often less advantageous. It's been proven that people who marry as teenagers more often work low status jobs in comparison to those that wait longer to get married.
All common reasons teens want to marry.
By Ariel Ketcham and Kailey Mael
Teen marriages often have complications and lead to divorce. 5o% of teen marriages end with divorce within 15 years of saying "I do."
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Teen love and marriage aren’t always bad things, but certainly can be. Teenage relationships are overall much higher risk than relationships between adults.
WHY IS THAT?
You should get married because you want to spend the rest of your life with that person. Not because you feel you have to in order to secure or get away from a specific aspect of your life.
Depending on what you're specifically struggling with related to your relationship, there are different resources available. If you’re in an abusive relationship, The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a place where you can confidentially talk to expert advocates that are ready to help and talk to you 24/7. If you’re pregnant birthright.org/en/ offers a toll-free helpline in addition to numerous other services that can help you,
from free pregnancy tests to baby and maternity clothes.
For example, take Juliet from William Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet. Juliet decides she wants to marry Romeo, the teen she falls in love with, only one day after they meet.
It's an extreme case of course, but rushing into things does have its consequences. Juliet believes her hand in marriage is a promise of love. Romeo becomes the only thing she cares about or wants. If you fall in love or get married you might find you start to care about your significant other more than anything else, including your own well-being.
If a friend or someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship or marriage, the number one thing you can do is be supportive of them. Whether they’re being abused by their partner, worried about a pregnancy, or are simply second guessing whether they still want to be with their partner, acknowledge that they are in a difficult situation and make sure they know you’ll be non-judgemental and understanding.
Studies show a teen girl who marries young is 31% more likely to live in poverty when she is older. Also, a teen girl who drops out of school is 11% more likely to be poor, and marriages are an example of why some teens decide to drop out of school.
Additionally, if a friend or peer is
needing help dealing with a spouse
or some part of a romantic relationship they're in, you can help them. Talking to a family or relationship counselor is a great place to get information for them, plus you could recommend them to someone professional to talk to if they feel it necessary.
You might do impulsive things to please your partner, or to ensure you're able to stay with them. Juliet winds up committing suicide because she finds Romeo dead. The suicide and deciding to marry him were both impulsive decisions she made while in love or married. She committed suicide because she couldn't bear the thought of living without him.
You could also consult a family or relationship counselor for your friend. Ask questions regarding your friend's personal struggle, and inform your friend of resources he or she could utilize to help themselves or professionals they could talk to. Even simply getting information for them can be a great deal of help.
It's apparent how love can lead you to make impulsive decisions, and how to might start to center your life around your significant other. Having your world revolve around another person is unhealthy and can lead to a bad future.
Teenage marriage is usually defined as adolescents between the ages of 13 and 19 being wed.
There are many examples of teen love and marriage in lots of different movies and pieces of literature.
"O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die." These are Juliet's last words before she kills herself. They show how since she fell in love and got married, she acted impulsively because she really only cared about her love Romeo, and didn't want to live without him.
Overall it's just important to remember to care about your future, and that may mean avoiding romance or marriage until later on in life. If you are in a relationship, and things start to get rough, know that there are people that can help.