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August 10, 1957

For Teen-Agers Only: The Doctor Discusses Marriage

JAMA. 1957;164(15):1722. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980150090031

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This light, fast moving story of teenagers is a vehicle for serious factual teaching about the physical, emotional, and social foundations of marriage and the hazards in premarital sex relations. Dr. Richardson has written several books for and about children and the problems of growing up. This one is directed to upper-class high-school students of both sexes who are caught in the emotional excitement of teenage loving and petting and may be contemplating marriage. Through the conversation of a family physician, a doctor just out of military service, a psychiatrist, a teacher, a student counselor, and the better informed among the young people, the facts are given in simple terms. Among the questions raised are these: "What is love?" "Why should we wait?" "How can I prepare for marriage?" "Am I ready for marriage?" "Is my `intended' ready for marriage? and "How much fun is `having fun'?" There is also

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