In the 19th century, the American world consisted of children and adults.
Most Americans tried their best to allow their children to enjoy their youth while they were slowly prepared for the trials and tribulations of adulthood.
A new study from Cornell University makes it clear that some teenagers do face a very serious relationship concern that could have a very real impact on their future: domestic violence.
This study involved asking a group of 6,000 participants in relationships, ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old, questions regarding if they had experienced certain abusive behaviors (including instances of verbal, emotional and physical abuse). Thirty percent of the boys and girls who participated in the study said they had experienced dating violence (that’s almost one in three, you guys), and those who had an aggressive partner when they were younger were two to three times more likely to experience dating violence when they got older.
The boy would meet the girl's parents, they would have a sitting in the parlor, followed by dinner with the entire family.
Later in the evening, the couple might enjoy a few moments alone on the front porch.
Experimentation with sexual behaviors before marriage became increasingly common.
Young Americans were now able to look beyond their own small towns at an enlarged dating pool.
Before long, schools developed their own cultural patterns, completely unlike the childhood or adult experience.
Report broken link The History of Girls' School Stories An interesting article about the rise of schools for girls and how education in a school setting created a period of transition between childhood and adulthood for older girls, with different clothes, different literature, and different attitudes.
You know how some adults (read: teachers, parents) don’t always consider teenage relationships to be as “real” as adult relationships? Obviously you can experience very real and amazing emotions like love when you’re dating in high school, but I also know that a lot of super serious issues can come up in those relationships as well.
Parents were waiting longer to goad their youngsters into marriage rather than pairing them off at the tender age of sixteen or seventeen.
In short, it soon became apparent that a new stage of life — the phase — was becoming a reality in America.
American adolescents were displaying traits unknown among children and adults.