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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Don C. Carter


The statistical trend toward an increasing number of early marriages in the United states is causing concern for parents and community officials (21) . The average age of marriage has been declining since 1890. Half of the girls are now married by the time they are twenty and half of the men by the time they are twenty- three (13) . In a study made by Landis (20) of marriages in California high schools, 90 percent of the senior high schools reported one or more student marriages. Similar statistics have been retorted in New Mexico (16) and Oregon (18) . Research has pointed an accusing finger at youthful marriage as a primary factor in the rampant divorce situation, and there is little question but that lack of the competencies which come with the maturing process are a source of marital friction and breakdown.

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