- Knowledge on Teenagers - 1950's
- Before the 1950's there was no concept of the 'teenager', young people were expected to behave similarly to adults.
- The British economy grew in the 1950's so it became easy to get a job, and wages were rising so that employers could keep good workers.
- Most young people could leave school at 16 and get a job easily.
- Some young people became 'Teddy Boys', which meant they dressed in jackets similar to those worn in Edwardian England.
- Teenagers could keep their money and spend it on themselves as fathers were usually earning enough to support the family.
- Teenagers started being seen as a 'consumer group'.
- Teenagers were particularly affected by American trends.
- Television became widely available by the late 1950's.