Healthy Relationship News – August 2011


New school year…new teaching tools from Dibble.


Here are some of our newest curricula, activities, and other classroom resources for teens.


Coming September 2011

  • New Curriculum: Prepare, Enrich, Inspire Extensive research reveals which interpersonal skills predict relationship success (or failure).  This curriculum based on the research of David Olson transforms these findings into teen friendly lessons. 
  • Fully revised for 2011, Connections: Relationships & Marriage ranks among the best teen relationship programs nationwide. This edition includes major enhancements in content and visuals.

Available Now (details on our website)

  • New Activities for Things to Know before you say “Go”. This popular game helps individual teens identify what’s working (or not) in their love lives, and why. The new Activities Book makes it great for group settings, too.
  • New Teachers Guide for Money Habitudes™ for Teens. Based on the Money Habitudes game, this new curriculum lets groups of teens explore the different ways people relate to money, and how these affect romantic relationships.
  • New Curriculum for Health Ed classes, Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships specifically for health settings, is easy to teach and meets state guidelines. Details are online.   


Love Notes Binder

Dibble’s Loves Notes in Tier 2 Pregnancy Prevention Evaluation  


The University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work will work with several community youth-serving organizations to help teenagers avoid unhealthy relationships and risky behavior, thanks to a five-year, $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The federal grant from the department’s Office of Adolescent Health will be used to test the impact of Love Notes and a traditional pregnancy prevention program in reducing teen risky sexual behavior, with the intent to reduce teen pregnancy, violence, and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.


Dibble Heart in Hand Become Famous (and a Little Richer) – Share Your Dibble Additions!

Are you a fan of our programs? Have you developed an original tool to make a curriculum more relevant to your population or easier to implement? We would like to recognize your good work! We will share your resource on our website and also give the winning entries some money to spend in the Dibble bookstore.

We are looking for original:

  • brochures,
  • posters,
  • lesson supplements,
  • activities,
  • quizzes,
  • videos,
  • social media,
  • assessment/evaluation instruments

and more to share with the greater Dibble learning community. These may have been developed from your federally funded HMDG project or something you designed for your own classroom use.



Annie E. Casey Foundation Annie E. Casey Foundation – Nurturing Relationships

To develop healthy relationships, you have to let go of unhealthy ones. Jacqueline Stewart, 24, and Brandon Menjares, 18, learned that lesson from a program on healthy relationships offered by YouthBuild in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“They helped teach us the difference between love and lust, what the difference is when you really love somebody, and how you want to see each other happy and achieving your goals,” says Stewart, who gathered the strength to let go of a relationship that had become too aggressive.

When the Annie E. Casey Foundation was looking for settings to implement a curriculum for promoting healthy relationships, it reached out to YouthBuild USA. YouthBuild helps low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing. About 50 to 60 percent of participants are single parents or at risk of early teen pregnancy.

With Casey support, a curriculum called “Love Notes”, developed by Marline Pearson, was piloted in 10 YouthBuild sites nationwide. Helping to steer young adults away from unhealthy relationships before they get married or become parents is part of a broader Foundation effort to improve outcomes for vulnerable children by strengthening the positive bonds between their biological parents.

Excerpted from Casey Connects Summer 2011 Newsletter



Boston Public Health

Spotlight on Healthy Breakups  


Most young people engage in multiple relationships throughout their teenage years. The ensuing breakups (at any age) can be messy, uncomfortable and hurtful. And although “Dear John” letters may be a thing of the past, technology and social media – like texting, Facebook, and Twitter – allow messages to live on in cyberspace long after a relationship has ended.  


Check out this link from the Boston Public Health Commission for some great resources to help young people learn the ins and outs of breaking up.


Social Development Research GroupBreaking Up and Changing Romantic Partners is Linked to Increased Risk for Substance Use in Young Adults  

Original research presented in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (2010)


Young adults often experience changes in romantic relationships. They often start and end relationships and make changes in levels of commitment. These transitions may result in changes in substance use. Prior research has focused on the effects of marriage and divorce on substance use.  


This study (here) is the first to look at less formal romantic relationship changes and substance use among young people in the first few years after high school.


Child Trends

High Levels of Contraceptive Non-Use in Young Adult Dating Relationships

Child Trends recently published a study, “Relationship Characteristics and Contraceptive Use Among Young Adults”, in the journal, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.  


The findings emphasize the high levels of contraceptive non-use in young adult dating relationships and the need for pregnancy prevention programs to address the importance of relationship context in the decision making process about contraceptive use.


That's Not Cool

Teens can now create talking avatar videos to respond to pressure and control in relationships!  


That’s Not Cool, a Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund) public education initiative, has launched a NEW speaking avatar tool that lets teens “Have Your Say” about dating abuse.  


Use this new avatar tool in your work with youth! Share and encourage your teens to create their own unique animated videos.  


Using text-to-speech technology, this new online application is a creative way for teens to talk about what’s okay, or not okay, in their relationships. Users create a character reflecting their unique response to nude pic pressure and from now until August 31st, teens have a chance to get a That’s Not Cool t-shirt if they create and post a talking avatar video that addresses how they feel about pressuring or being pressured.



Funding Streams for Relationship Education 


PREP – Pregnancy Prevention and Adult Preparation Topics

 Family and Youth Services Bureau

Most states (46 to be exact) received PREP funding to teach a proven pregnancy prevention program PLUS adult preparation topics including healthy relationship skills. Many states are now rolling out a sub-grant process to local groups that will actually do the teaching. Each state is implementing the PREP grant differently. Check out this list for the contact in your state. Call and ask how you can get involved and help teach teens how to get smart about their love lives!


 Safe and Supportive Schools

 Safe and Supportive Schools 


The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $38.8 million in Safe and Supportive School (SSS) grants to 11 states (Arizona, California, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) to measure school safety at the building level and to provide federal funds for interventions in those schools with the greatest needs. The ultimate goal of the grants is to create and support safe and drug-free learning environments, and increase academic success for students in these high-risk schools.


To address factors that impact conditions for learning – bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse – grantees are in the process of implementing programs and/or developing initiatives to collect and use data to make changes to improve student outcomes. If you are in one of the 11 states, click here for your state contact. Call and see how you can be of assistance!


Find your own donor!

Donors Choose, an online charity, connects donors to classrooms in need. They are inviting “front-line educators” in public schools to identify the needs of the students they serve. Front-line educators are teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, and school nurses who work full time and deal directly with students. If you are a front-line educator, you can submit the project you would like funded on their website and have donors from around the country help your classroom out. Great resource!  



Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar


August 23-26, 2011

National Community Action Partnership Conference 

San Francisco, CA

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Presenter: Irene Varley


August 30- September 2, 2011

Daniel Memorial Independent Living Conference 

Grapevine, TX

Workshop: It’s All About Relationships

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


September 26 – 27, 2011

Richmond, VA 

Workshop: Relationships Matter: Partnering to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy

Presenters: Paula Parker-Sawyers, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies, DC; 

Debbie Agee, Henrico County, VA Tuckahoe High School Family & Consumer Science Teacher on Relationship Smarts PLUS.

October 11-14, 2011

Healthy Teen Network 

Pittsburgh, PA

Workshop: Getting Young Males Attention- New Messages to Motivate and New Skills to Empower

Presenter: Marline Pearson


October 14-15, 2011

Oregon Association of School Libraries 

Seaside, OR

Poster session: Things to Know Before You Say “Go” – tool for romance preparation

Presenter: Elsbeth Martindale


October 19-22, 2011

18th National Forum on Character Education 

San Francisco, CA

Workshop: Building a Healthy Citizenry: One Heart at a Time

Presenter: Kay Reed


Please let us know if you are having an open to the public event featuring Dibble curricula. We would be happy to help you publicize it.



 Tour the Dibble  Website!

 Dibble Heart 

Welcome to the many new educators, Extension agents, and clinicians who have recently joined our Dibble community!


Please take a quick tour of our new website. You’ll find:

  • FREE sample lessons and movie guides to help young people get smart about their love lives.
  • Evaluations that show how youth relationship education programs effectively address some of the most pressing social problems we face.
  • Links that we at The Dibble Institute think are good resources for teens, parents, and instructors.