Healthy Relationship News – August 2014


  • Why College Students Need a Class in Dating
  • We’re in Virgin Territory
  • Who Benefits from Family-Strengthening Programs
  • Multiple-partner Childbearing Common Behavior in U.S.


  • 2013 Annual Report released
  • Support Dibble with a Smile


  • Common Framework for Employability Skills


  • Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Relationship Education for Juvenile Detention and Re-Entry Programming




Why College Students Need a Class in Dating

Usually when a group of middle-aged people gather to kvetch about twenty-somethings, it’s about how they’re always texting, or they spend too much time on the social medias, or they’re boomeranging back to their parents’ homes because they’re afraid to
just walk right up to a business owner, look him straight in the eye, and ask for a job.

But at the Aspen Ideas Festival, a unique Millennial gripe was aired:

Kids these days, they just don’t know how to fall in love.

We’re in Virgin Territory

Many young adults believe that sex—and losing one’s virginity—is secondary to having a healthy relationship, according to a new survey from The National Campaign and MTV’s It’s Your (Sex) Life. Among the other finding from the new report,

Virgin Territory: What Young Adults Say About Sex, Love, Relationships, and the First Time

78% of young adults would rather be in a serious romantic relationship with no sex over having sex without a relationship. This includes a majority of men (71%), women (85%), virgins (91%), and those who have already had sex (72%).

Some Good News in Who Benefits from Family-Strengthening Programs

Whatever your political views, you likely share in concerns many hold over the difficulties facing socially and economically disadvantaged families in the U.S. But can the government do anything to directly help such families through family-strengthening efforts? Despite all you might have heard to date, there is some good news emerging from recent studies.

Multiple-partner Childbearing Common Behavior in U.S.

A new report confirms that multiple-partner childbearing has emerged as a fairly common behavior in the United States as parents experience relationship dissolution and go on to form new relationships and have children with their new partners. In 2007-2008, among parents aged 25-32, about 17% of fathers and 22% of mothers had children by more than one partner.


2013 Annual Report released

The Dibble Institute’s materials are currently used in over 42 states. We estimate that they touch over 110,000 young people a year. As the reputation of our products and their outcomes grow, so does the demand for our materials.

Our relationship skills programs lead to better results in pregnancy prevention, violence reduction, parenting, re-entry, workforce development, and college entry programs. Our materials are purchased using federal, state, and private funds and grants.

The Dibble Institute has earned this degree of support because our programs are engaging for young people and effective in getting good results. In addition, our model of using existing delivery systems to reach young people with relationship skills education is highly efficient.


Common Framework for Employability Skills

Employability skills, including personal effectiveness, skills, are an essential component of college and career readiness. They are the general skills, including applied academics,
effective relationships
, and workplace skills, that are necessary for success in the labor market – for all industries and at all career levels. The
Employability Skills Framework website is a central clearinghouse of resources on instruction and assessment for employability skills.

Watch the introductory webinar

Second Wednesday Webinar – August 13

Getting to the Heart of the Matter:

Relationship Education for Juvenile Detention and Re-Entry


Teen parenting, poor refusal skills, early sexual involvement, and family complexity characterize the experiences of many youthful offenders. When teens and young adults are incarcerated, they often return to society still lacking healthy relationship skills necessary for successful family reunification and job retention.

Relationship Smarts Plus
Love Notes
curricula are about building developmental assets missing in this population. Attendees will hear how a youth detention program is tackling this issue and a re-entry program experienced successful outcomes by addressing relationship skills first and job skills second.


Marcia White
, IMPACT Community Action, Columbus, OH; Re-Entry Program, Relationship Education/Workforce Readiness

Laura Waggle
, Perry County Detention Center, OH; Relationship Education in Juvenile Corrections; sponsored thru Forever Dads and the Ohio Office of Jobs and Families

Who Should Attend:

Administrators and staff of: Correctional Facilities, Juvenile Court and State Family Services, Community Action, Sexual Violence organizations, Middle and High Schools, Social Services, Workforce Development, and Upward Bound programs. Anyone working with At-risk youth programming


Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 4:00 pm Eastern/ 1:00 pm Pacific


60 minutes



Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents

How can we encourage young people to adopt–and keep–healthy behaviors? The National Institute of Nursing Research and several other organizations within the National Institutes of Health will fund research projects that aim to (1) identify the ways young people are influenced to have healthy habits, and/or (2) promote positive sustainable health behaviors in children from birth to age 18. The types of behaviors may include:

  • healthy sleep patterns

  • self-regulation strategies

  • adaptive decision-making in risk situations

  •  dental hygiene

  • diet

  • physical activity

  • healthy relationships

This funding opportunity is
open through September 8, 2014 .

See the full funding opportunity announcement for more information and application deadlines.

(Ed Note: Dibble is eager to partner with researchers interested in this topic. We see healthy relationships also helping in self-regulation and decision-making. Call us at 800-695-7975 to explore the possibilities.)

(CO, NM, UT, WY)

The Daniels Fund

The Daniels Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations in funding areas–Aging, Alcoholism, & Substance Abuse, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education Reform, Ethics & Integrity in Education, Homeless & Disadvantaged, and Youth Development. The fund was established by Bill Daniels, using the experiences and relationships of his life as motivation.

Grants Address Poverty in the Southeast

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation assists people in the southeast United States to build just and caring communities that nurture people, spur enterprise, bridge differences, and foster fairness. The Foundation is dedicated to helping people and places to move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice. Grants are provided to local, statewide, and regional nonprofits in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia that work with people in low-wealth communities to shape their own destiny.

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