Healthy Relationship News – December 2013








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New York Times The Changing American Family  


American households have never been more diverse, more surprising, more baffling. Researchers who study the structure and evolution of the American family express unsullied astonishment at how rapidly the family has changed in recent years, the transformations often exceeding or capsizing those same experts’ predictions of just a few journal articles ago.




The National Center for Family & Marriage Research finds a wide variation in the share of children living with two married biological parents. Approximately 59% of these children reside in half of the U.S.’ states. Children living with two married biological parents comprise the largest share in the Western region (top 25%), while children residing in the Southern region comprise the smallest share (bottom 25%).



California Child Protective Services
California’s Most Vulnerable Parents

  A new study linking California birth and child protective services (CPS) records provides insights into births to teens involved with the child welfare system. The data show that one in four teens in foster care in Los Angeles County give birth before age 20 and as many as 40 percent of these young mothers have a second child during their teen years. Researchers linked roughly 1.5 million California birth records and 1 million CPS records, and analyzed the maltreatment risk of children born to adolescent mothers.




Even as young women are becoming equal partners in the hookup culture, they are less likely to experience orgasm during uncommitted encounters than in serious relationships, studies show.




Teen after teen described the ideal date as one during which they would go to dinner, the beach, picnics and even European vacations! Secretly, our teens are still romantics at heart even though they are growing up in a hook-up culture.



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Looking for Intimacy in the Age of Facebook


A college course aimed at jolting students into face-to-Facebook confrontations – and expressing their emotions.


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Stocking Dibble Stocking Stuffer!   

The Art of Loving Well – now half off!


Give the gift of love and reading to a young person in your life! The Art of Loving Well anthology includes 41 literary selections, both time-honored classics and the best of contemporary adolescent literature. Its three sections-“Early Loves and Losses,” “Romance,” and “Commitment and Marriage” – also contain activities that foster social and emotional skills, effective communication, critical thinking, decision making, conflict resolution and abstinence from premature sexual activity. Learn more.




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The Dibble Institute makes

the S&I 100 Index!  


We are pleased to announce that The Dibble Institute is now listed as one of 100 high-impact nonprofits that have been carefully vetted through a comprehensive selection process. More than 150 experts participated in a cross-sector collaborative effort to identify and assess the nonprofits that have been selected to be part of the Index. The Dibble Institute was selected because of our:

  • Impact – We have effective, high-impact interventions serving large numbers of individuals in need.
  •  Growth – We are expanding to serve more people nationally with our successful programs.
  • Evidence – We have demonstrated impact validated by third-party studies available on our site.

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Self Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse logo Family Structure, Stability and Child Well-being webinar

                 Wednesday, December 11, 2013

                 2:00:00 PM EST – 3:00:00 PM EST


Dr. Terry-Ann Craigie, the current Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) Emerging Scholar, will host a webinar titled Family Structure, Stability and Child Wellbeing. Dr. Craigie will discuss the determinants and effects of family structure and instability, as well as the pathways through which child wellbeing is affected.



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Money Management Tip Sheet 



The tip sheet Telling Your Money What to Do: The Young Adult’s Guide offers youth information about starting a budget, managing money resources, cutting spending, and more. To help youth understand money management, the tip sheet offers a comparison chart demonstrating the expenses of eating out, owning a pet, or even buying coffee, and how these expenses add up over the course of a week and a month.  

(Ed. Note – The tip sheet also addresses how money impacts relationships!)


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 Dibble Webinars 

Our gift to you! DIY webinar in December  


Watch any Dibble archived webinar by clicking the link to it on our Webinars page. All of the Dibble webinars for 2013 are there, covering safe proms to money management to relationships for teens with autism and more. Happy holidays!


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The American Association of University Women

Community Action Grants AAUW   

Community Action Grants  


Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. The application deadline is January 15, 2014. More information is on their website.



Initiatives to Strengthen Oregon Communities Funded

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 Jubitz Family Foundation  


The Jubitz Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Oregon that strive to strengthen families, respect the natural environment, and foster peace. The Foundation’s specific areas of interest include early childhood development and education, with an emphasis on children at-risk; environmental stewardship, with an emphasis on rivers and their watershed ecosystems; and peacemaking activities, with an emphasis on teaching peace and conflict resolution. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. The deadlines for letters of inquiry are January 1 and July 1, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.



Youth Homes Supported

Administration for Children and Families  Department of Health and Human Services  


The Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes program provides support to offer runaway and homeless youth an alternative to law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. The application deadline is January 15, 2014.  


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Where is Dibble now?  


Come see us!


December 11-13, 2013 2013  

National Sex Education Conference  

Meadowlands, New Jersey  

Workshop: Boost Success – New Strategy to Integrate Pregnancy and STI Prevention with Healthy Relationships Education  

Presenter: Marline Pearson


February 10-12, 2014

American Council for School Social Work Conference 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


February 11-14, 2013  

15th Annual Fathers and Families Conference  

Las Vegas, NV  

Workshop: The Greatest Gift to a Child: A Healthy Parental Relationship  

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


February 26-28, 2014  

23rd Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference  

Austin, Texas  

Workshop: Guiding Asperger, Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Students through Puberty  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier  


March 2-5, 2014

25th Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference 

Savannah, Georgia

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


March 19-22, 2014  

17th Annual School Social Workers Conference  

Chicago, Illinois  

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation  

Presenter: Joyce Huff  


Would you like a Dibble Outreach Educator 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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