Knowledge on Teenagers - 1950's

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    • 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.

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