Healthy Relationship News – December 2015

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Latest Research Findings on Relationship Smarts PLUS!

Auburn UniversityRelationship Education and Classroom Climate Impact on Adolescents’ Standards For Partners/Relationships

The effectiveness of relationship education has been supported for youth in correcting faulty relationship beliefs and forming conflict management skills; however, there is very limited research addressing whether relationship education matters for building or modifying relationship standards for romantic partners or relationships.

Furthermore, whether and how social climate could add to or moderate curriculum effects has not been considered. Using a sample of 1,808 students nested in 106 high school family and consumer science classes in a southern state, this study examined the impact of the general youth-focused relationship education curriculum, Relationship Smarts PLUS, and classroom social climate on one ideal standard for relationship partners, warmth/trustworthiness, and one for romantic relationships, intimacy/loyalty.

Findings revealed significant and positive curriculum main effects on both standards, while controlling for classroom context.

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Evidence-based Approaches to Relationship and Marriage EducationNEW! Evidence-based Approaches to Relationship and Marriage Education

This book provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary overview of evidence-based relationship and marriage education (RME) programs. Readers are introduced to the best practices for designing, implementing, and evaluating effective RME programs to better prepare them to teach clients how to have healthy intimate relationships.

Noted contributors from various disciplines examine current programs and best practices, often by the original developers themselves.

(Ed. note: Be sure to read Chapter X on Relationship Smarts PLUS and Love Notes authored by Marline Pearson and Kay Reed!)

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THE LATEST

ReutersTeens’ Sex Talks with Parents Tied to Less Risky Behavior

Talking about sex with parents, especially moms, can influence teen behavior including condom use, according to a new review. The review included 52 studies with 25,000 teens. Teens who reported having these conversations with their parents tended to exhibit safer sex behavior and were more likely to use condoms or other contraception. The effect was strongest for girls and for teens who spoke to their moms.

(Ed note: In Dibble evaluations, we see that relationship skills programs tend to promote better parent/child communications. Several of our programs intentionally provide trusted adult activities which provide family conversation starters.)

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EurekAlert!How Do Young Women View the Relationship in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?

Women's perceptions of the relationship in the popular movie Fifty Shades of Grey was examined in a study published in Journal of Women's Health to discuss healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics, including warning signs of intimate partner violence. Young women ages 18-24 expressed mixed views, describing parts of the movie relationship as exciting and romantic and other aspects as controlling, manipulative, and emotionally abusive

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Family Studies Blog Teens’ Attitudes Toward Marriage Vary Widely Across Oklahoma

Understanding geographic and cultural variability in marriage and family formation is important for local policy considerations and for designing relevant relationship education programs. Since Oklahoma has one of the nation’s youngest ages of first marriage as well as one of the highest divorce rates,1 this research team set out to gain greater clarity about how cultural niches might impact adolescents’ attitudes about marriage.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

NoVo FoundationThe Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning

A groundbreaking new study from the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College has found that high-quality, research-validated social and emotional learning programs bring a return of $11 for every $1 invested.

The results suggest that fostering young people’s social and emotional learning is a powerful investment in the future.

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Psychology TodayThe Trouble with Modern Love

Having so many romantic options isn't always good for you.

Every Sunday, The New York Times runs a column called “Modern Love” featuring readers’ stories about their romantic lives. As a sex therapist, I feel obliged to look at these every week. But I find them hard to read. There are so few happy ones.

Most of the people whose stories appear in Modern Love seem somewhat adrift. They’re all looking for love, and occasionally they find it. But they’re rarely able to hold on to it.

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Suny CortlandTeaching Media Literacy and Combatting Pornography

Says a high school teacher, “Because our kids are getting so much of their information from the electronic media, we need to teach them how to read this just as critically as we have taught them to read print. Why isn’t media literacy a required course?”

(Ed. Note: Check out Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships, which has a lesson on Media Messages.)

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SECOND WEDNESDAY WEBINAR

Second Wednesday Webinars

Our Gift to You! DIY Webinar in December!

Watch any 2015 Dibble webinar on our Archived Webinar page.

Lots of interesting topics! Disconnected Youth… Trauma Informed Approaches… Teen Romance… 4H, Extension, and Child Support…

Give yourself the gift of a free webinar!

Happy holidays!

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U.S. Department of Education

Grants for Afterschool Programs Now Available

Grant: Many states around the country are conducting competitions to award 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The funding is available through the federal 21st CCLC program, which is designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities, drug and violence prevention, and youth development activities to students during non-school hours.

Funds may be used to carry out a broad array of before- and after-school activities (including those held during summer recess periods) such as relationship education programs, which can be implemented in an after-school setting.

Eligibility: School districts, public charter schools, municipalities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and private corporations are eligible.

Deadline: Deadlines vary by state. Click here for full list of RFPs: www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/contacts.html#state

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Four TeensDibble goes Digital You asked. We delivered.

Our most popular TEACHING TOOLS are now online.

The Dibble Institute’s content-rich teaching tools for building healthy relationships just got easier to use. Take a look!

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