Healthy Relationship News – August 2012







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University of Texas Medical Branch Teens Who “Sext” Likely to be Having Real Sex, Study Says  


Sexting is on the rise among teens, with more than one in four, or 28 percent, admitting to having sent a naked picture of themselves via text or email, according to new research. Plus those teens who engaged in sexting were also found to be as much as 82 percent more likely to be having sex compared to the non-sexting teens. “It may be a reliable indicator of actual sexual behavior,” says researcher Jeff R. Temple, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Health in Galveston.



Child Trends

 The Characteristics and Circumstances of Teen Fathers 

  • Teen fathers in the ChildTrends study share similarities with teen mothers in terms of age and marital status.
  • Many men who were teen fathers go on to have more children before they reach their mid-twenties.
  • Teen fathers who lived with their first child at the time of the birth are more likely than are those who did not to be living with their children in young adulthood. 

Read the full report.



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Pregnant and Parenting Unaccompanied Youth


One third of unaccompanied female youth have been pregnant. Fifty percent of unaccompanied youth have had a pregnancy experience. Whether they became pregnant while experiencing homelessness or they became homeless after becoming pregnant or parents, homeless young families find themselves without safe places to live, and without access to many opportunities and supports.  


Homeless young parents have little to no access to basic needs, have difficulty accessing temporary income assistance, and are largely uneducated in terms of health, sexual safety, and child-raising.  


Read the full report. 



 The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned PregnancyTeen Pregnancy and High School Dropout 



Nearly one-third of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite early pregnancy or parenthood as a key reason. Only 40 percent of teen moms finish high school, and less than two percent of teen mothers (those who have a baby before age 18) finish college by age 30.  


Because there is a close connection between teen pregnancy and academic failure and because teen pregnancy affects the educational achievement of teens themselves (as well as that of their children), those concerned about educating young people should also be concerned with preventing teen pregnancy. Moreover, given the increasing demands in schooling that are necessary to compete in the 21st century job market, it is more important than ever for teens to finish high school and attain post-secondary education when possible.



Act for Youth Center of Excellence

Romantic Relationships – Ever Wonder…  

  • Why does my stomach get into knots and I can’t stop my face from smiling no matter how hard I try?
  • What’s the secret to a great relationship?
  • How do I know if we’re right for each other?
  • Will this heartache ever end?  

(Ed Note: This resource is based on the work of Marline Pearson and used in the NY PREP Pregnancy Prevention grants.)



Wanted: School Social Worker Partner!


Are you using a Dibble program at your school? We would love to hear how it is working for you and your students! We are looking for a workshop co-presenter for the National School Social Work Conference to be held March 2013 in San Diego. If accepted, all travel expenses would be paid. Please email Irene Varley with your success story.



Dibble Named Friend of Family and Consumer Sciences by Kansas AAFCS  

Kansas AAFCS Friend of Family and Consumer Sciences

Debra K. Andres, Kansas State University presents the Kansas AAFCS Friend of Family and Consumer Sciences Award to Joyce Huff, on behalf of The Dibble Institute.


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Useful Tools 


Hip Hop Dating GuideThe Hip Hop Dating Guide  

The “street-smart” approach to healthy dating for young adults.  


This gritty, straight-talking book offers practical dating advice to young adults who identify with the “street scene” – a sub-culture whose influence is powerful, but whose rules are fluid and unproven. Written by a veteran of “hip hop” culture, the book shows how to find healthy partnerships in an environment that often glorifies extreme gender stereotypes, distorted values and damaging social behaviors. Click here for more details.





 Individual & Family Relationships


Thanks to Pam Wickman from Kimberly School District in Wisconsin for starting and sharing a relationship skills Pinboard. You can follow her too or, start your own!!


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Funding Streams for Relationship Education     


Ed Note: We hear that in Kentucky teachers can use their Perkins funds to purchase relationship skills programs. What does your state allow with Perkins funding? Please let us know! Email: 



Support for Organizations in Northern California and Hawaii  

Joseph and Vera Long Foundation  

 The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation




The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation’s primary purpose is to support nonprofit organizations in Northern California and the state of Hawaii. The Foundation’s grant making categories include healthcare, education, and conservation. The Foundation has a special interest in programs which benefit women, families, and seniors, or contribute to the conservation of the natural environment.  


Preference is given to new, innovative projects that will be completed with the Foundation’s contribution. Grants in the upcoming fall cycle will range from $10,000 to $49,000. Request for Invitation (RFI) forms may be submitted online from August 13 through September 10, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant guidelines.


Community Programs in ID, UT, and WY Funded
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation




The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation supports the growth and vitality of the communities served by the company, including locations in southeastern Idaho and the states of Utah and Wyoming. The Foundation’s grantmaking categories are Education, including K-12 and higher education; Civic and Community; Culture and Arts; and Health, Welfare, and Social Services, including United Ways, hospitals, and agencies for youth.  


Grants generally range from $2,000 to $5,000. Requests are reviewed quarterly; application deadlines vary by grant category. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines.


 Funds for Youth Programs in the Pacific NorthwestCharlotte Martin Foundation


Charlotte Martin Foundation


The Charlotte Martin Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide services in urban, rural, and tribal communities throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Foundation is dedicated to funding projects that enrich the lives of youth (ages 6-18) in the areas of athletics, culture, and education. The final application deadline for 2012 is September 30. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the goals and priorities for each of the Foundation’s program areas.

Funds for Financial Literacy  

Pathway to financial Success Logo Pathway to Financial Success Grant


Obtain the funding your school needs to incorporate financial education into the curriculum. Discover is investing up to $10 million in financial education and your school can apply for a grant toward a financial education curriculum.  


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Where is Dibble now?

Come see us!


September 24-28, 2012

National Extension Association Family and Consumer Science Conference 

Columbus, OH

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Irene Varley


October 5-6, 2012

Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education 

Indianapolis, IN

Workshop:   What is Your Money Habitude?

Workshop: Who, Me, Worry?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


October 10-11, 2012

American School Health Association 

San Antonio, TX

Symposium: Connecting Healthy Teen Relationships to Long-term Wellness

Presenter: Jennifer Kerpelman, Ph.D. and Irene Varley

 October 28-30, 2012 

Washington Association of Family and Consumer Science

Vancouver, Washington

Workshop: “Prepare, Enrich, Inspire”- A Data-Driven Approach for Teaching Relationship Skills

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk

October 31 – November 1, 2012

National Council on Family Relations: Families and Health 

Phoenix, AZ

Workshop: What’s New in Relationship Education for Teens and Young Adults? Health Risk Prevention

Presenters: Jennifer Kerpelman, Ph.D., Becky Antle, Ph.D., Frank Fincham, Ph.D., and Kay Reed


November 11-13, 2012
Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Louisville, Kentucky
Workshop:  What is Your Money Habitude?
Presenter:  Irene Varley 


Would you like a Dibble presentation at your conference? Email Irene Varley, Director of Education, at to find out how.


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.


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