- Teen marriage varies depending on the social classes of the teens.
- Teens from very wealthy families belong to a certain social class and end up cohabiting which will lead to marriage.
- When it comes to gender roles, there seems to be a thin line as this is not clearly segregated.
- In teen’s marriage, there is no role for the man or the woman. Basically, a man can do any role done by the woman including household chores.
- Socials norms for teen’s marriage are no longer considered as regulations anymore. Modesty in dressing, a stay at home wife or even cohabitation before marriage, is no longer considered as vices. These social norms have already been overtaken by events (Foust, 2003).
- Racism has been a thing of the past. When it comes to teen marriage, they intermarry from people of different races. When the two meet, race is not a factor in today’s life.
- Teens from different cultural believes and traditions may differ concerning these believes. When it comes to the marriage institution, they may marry partners who are brought up in culture that differs from theirs.
- Cultural believes do not hinder teens from marrying. These cultures may vary from different types of lifestyle which is impacted by peer pressure. Once they get married, most of these cultures may not be permissible in the family.
- These culture, which had been earlier on considered a taboo have become acceptable due to the changes in today’s generation. Parents of the married teen play a major role in shaping them.
- Teens are aligned to different types of religions. Since religion is a key factor, this has not proven to be constraint to teen’s marriage. Some culture holds that one has to belong to ascertain religious alignment. Although some of them may be involved in secularism, they hold religion key (Soll, 2003). Parents of these teens impart religious knowledge to these teens.
- The mode of dressing and food is quite modernized. Fashion has evolved over the years. Married teens tend to dress fashionably with the latest mode of dressing. Culture hold a descent way of dressing but this is no longer considered by the teens. They dress what befits them.
- Arts and the language they teens use has changed. Cultural believes dictates the language that is considered descent. Once teens get married in these cultures it becomes difficult to adjust.
- The type of government and the person in power determines the contacts of teens, especially the married ones. Laws which favor teens especially right to property in marriage as well as at time of divorce has impacted to a great deal the teens conduct.
- Political ideas and political movements are other factors to be considered (Beck, e.t a.l 2008). When it comes to teen’s marriage, each has their own political views and decisions to make individually and not as a couple especially time of voting. Political ideas are key as it impacts the decisions made whether individually or a couple by the teens.
- Before a teen considers marriage, they check on the financial status of their partner. Money is vital in any teen’s marriage given their expensive lifestyles. This should not only come from the man, but each should have a source of income.
- Married teens are also concerned about wealth, either collective or individually. In their marriage, most of them are working class to earn individual wealth. Collective sources of income characterize these marriages to cater for both of their needs (Stitof and Sheri, 2008). The husband was initially considered as the bread winner. In the teen’s marriage, everyone has an obligation to provide, not the man only.
- Wealth is very vital in a teen’s marriage. Distinctively, wealth is held high compared to the past generation, and determines the social class you are associated with. The wealthy ones align themselves together. A teen from a wealthy family tends to marry a teen from another wealthy family and vice versa, to maintain their standards (Stitof, 2008).
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