Healthy Relationship News – April 2012



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Under Pressure Under Pressure: What African-American Teens Aren’t Telling You About Sex, Love, and Relationships  


During the past two decades, the United States has made remarkable progress in reducing teen pregnancy and childbearing-problems that were once thought to be inevitable and intractable. The teen pregnancy rate has plummeted 40%, the teen birth rate is down by one-third, and both rates declined among all racial and ethnic groups. Progress has been especially dramatic among African- American teens. One incredible success story that remains largely untold is that among black teens, the pregnancy rate over the last two decades declined 44% and the teen birth rate declined an impressive 47%.  


Although African-Americans have experienced the largest decline in teen pregnancy of any racial or ethnic group since the early 1990s, it is still the case that 50% of all African- American girls in the United States will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s why The National Campaign and ESSENCE Magazine teamed up to conduct a nationally-representative survey of 1,500 African-American youth ages 13-21 to better understand their attitudes about relationships, sex, dating, parents, the media, and the overall context in which they make decisions about these issues.



The Brain on Love The Brain on Love 


A RELATIVELY new field, called interpersonal neurobiology, draws its vigor from one of the great discoveries of our era: that the brain is constantly rewiring itself based on daily life. In the end, what we pay the most attention to defines us. How you choose to spend the irreplaceable hours of your life literally transforms you.


All relationships change the brain – but most important are the intimate bonds that foster or fail us, altering the delicate circuits that shape memories, emotions and that ultimate souvenir, the self. Read more.



Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Prevention in Middle School Matters 

New Data on Teen Dating Violence


A new study of 1,430 7th grade students reveals that many 7th-graders are dating and experiencing physical, psychological and electronic dating violence. More than one in three students (37%) surveyed report being a victim of ‘psychological dating violence’ and nearly one in six (15%) report being a victim of ‘physical dating violence.’ This study also found that while some attitudes and behaviors associated with increased risk for teen dating violence are pervasive, nearly three-quarters of students surveyed report talking to their parents about dating and teen dating violence. Parent-child communication is considered a protective factor that reduces the risk for teen dating violence.    



Los Angeles Times    



The true meaning of Facebook’s ‘in a relationship’ 

Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog


The relationship status feature of Facebook appears to be central to the happiness – or not – of many romantic relationships among young people, according to new research.

The study, appearing in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, surveyed 58 heterosexual couples — most college-age — who had been dating for an average of 19 months.



National Prevention Information Network  Does Sex Education Keep Girls from Becoming Teen Moms?


States with more comprehensive sex education curricula have lower teen birth rates, according to a new study. However, the result appears more closely linked to political, religious, and social variations among the states. Researchers contend this does not suggest that sex education never helps prevent pregnancy; rather, the feelings of relatives and acquaintances, and access to birth control and family planning programs, could be equally influential.


“Although the teen birth rates and teen pregnancy rates are dropping year after year … we still have disparities between states, and we have higher teen birth and teen pregnancy rates when we’re compared to other industrialized nations,” said study researcher Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, from Washington University in St. Louis. She added that sex education could be improved and should not only focus on contraception, but also include the consequences of having a baby. The study, ‘Associations Between Sexuality Education in Schools and Adolescent Birthrates,’ was published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (2012;166(2):134-140).


(Editor’s Note: It’s also important to help teens understand what the consequences are to children who are born to young, unpartnered parents. See Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS for examples of how to teach this.)



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Dibble Catalog 2012 New Dibble Catalog


We’ve redesigned our 2012 catalog with all our new Dibble materials plus lots of useful information on other Dibble services you can use. Download your own copy now!  



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Funding Streams for Relationship Education    



Department of Justice Programs Youth Development Program 


The Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is accepting applications for its Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation Program solicitation, which will fund research and evaluation initiatives on education issues that relate to delinquency prevention, intervention, and prevention of child victimization.

Applications are due May 7, 2012.  Learn more (PDF, 21 pages).

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The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will soon be accepting applications for the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and for Maternity Group Homes (MGH). TLPs provide an alternative to involving RHY in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. Each TLP must provide a safe and appropriate shelter for up to 21 months of services with adult supervision, life and interpersonal skill building, career counseling and job skills, counseling, and medical care as appropriate. MGHs provide the same services as a TLP in addition to providing parenting instructions and childcare. Other services that are offered include, but are not limited to, transportation, family planning, abstinence education and pregnancy prevention services.  


Available: April 2012
Deadline: June 2012



Get more info and apply here  


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Department of labor  

YouthBuild Grants – SGA-DFA-PY-11-06


The Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $75 million in grant funds authorized by the YouthBuild provisions of the Workforce Investment Act [29 USC 2918a]. YouthBuild grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Under this solicitation, DOL will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. Based on FY 2012 funding, DOL hopes to serve approximately 5,210 participants during the grant period of performance, with projects operating in approximately 75 communities across the country.


Issue Date: March 7, 2012
Closing Date: May 8, 2012

Full Announcement (pdf format)


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The Dibble Institute Calendar


April 11-12, 2012  

Texas Partners in Protection Conference  

Round Rock, TX   

Workshop: Relationship Education: The Missing Link  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier 


April 11-14, 2012

Jackson, WY
Workshop: What’s Your Money Habitude?
Workshop: Things to Know Before You Say Go
Presenter: Joyce Huff

April 19-21,2012  

ACTE Region IV Conference  

Albuquerque, NM  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier  

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?


May 16-17, 2012  

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina 

Greensboro, NC  

Workshop: It’s So Much More Than SEX!  

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


July 20 – 24, 2012  

National Association for Marriage and Relationship Education  

Baltimore, MD  

One Day Pre-conference Training: Prepare, Enrich, Inspire Curriculum  

Trainer: Jessica Pool, author  


Presenter: Jessica Pool  

Workshop: Prepare, Enrich, Inspire for Teens  


Presenter: Dixie Zittlow  

Workshop: The Future’s Family is Today’s Teens  


Presenter: Irene Varley  

Workshop: Forming Realistic Expectations: Do I Want My Parents’ Relationship?  


Presenter: Irene Varley  

Workshop: Things to Know Before You Say Go!  


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