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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage

Not My Daughter: Facing Up to Adolescent Pregnancy
Oettinger
1979

Submitter: Here is some advice straight from 1979 on how to handle a teenage pregnancy. The book itself relies on the 1979 resources that are in the back of the book. I am sure most of that info is no longer current.

Holly: This was published about six years after Roe v. Wade, so it was probably a pretty good choice back then. As a general idea for a teen pregnancy book, it’s pretty good. It just needs an update that reflects the last 36 years.

Enjoy the bonus book below: Teen Marriage!

More Teen Preggers:

The Shame of Pregnancy

Teens in the Family Way

Teens in Trouble

Say Yes to No

Teenage Marriage: Coping With Reality
Lindsay
1984

Submitter: This 1984 book on teen marriage has been giving out advise to our local library patrons for the last 31 years. It might be time to retire this one and update!

Holly: Chuck this one into the recycle bin along with the teen pregnancy one.

9 Responses to First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage

  • Someone scored a 50 on their success of a teenage marriage….aww.

    • The numbers add up to 92, at least the ones I can read. They didn’t seem to answer the pregnancy question. Perhaps the 50 came from another reader?

  • Just think, if the teenager’s children followed in the family footsteps and also got pregnant as a teen, they might be great-grandparents by now!

  • The first book looks excellent for it’s time, but it came out when I was one, and I’m now on the slide to forty.

  • The quiz is still pretty relevant. I think I weeded this a few years ago.

    • Yes, the quiz questions are actually all still relevant, though the age ranges would be different. I like that the quiz doesn’t try to imply you have to be a Christian or believe in traditional marriage to have a successful marriage, just that you have to have similar views.

  • There’s something sad and beautiful about the implied story from the pencilled-in answers on the quiz.

  • The 16 year old married to the 23 year old divorced guy and having 2 kids by the age of 21 is supposed to be a success story??? Did she finish school? What happens if he dies? How immature is a guy who was already married once to be dating teenagers in his 20s and how does that reflect how parenting works??

    • Exactly. I suspect that poor woman is now long divorced, and probably had a very rough decade or two.