Healthy Relationship News – December 2014





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How To Thrive

Dibble Goes to the UK with Healthy Minds Project

The Dibble Institute is pleased to announce that Relationship Smarts PLUS has been selected to be part of the Healthy Minds Project, an innovative research project in the UK.

How to Thrive, in partnership with the London School of Economics, selected Relationship Smarts PLUS (RQ+) as one component in its national research project because RQ+ is part of the SAMSHA list of evidence based programs.

Healthy Minds is a unique research project that contributes to understanding of how students can be supported to develop emotional resilience and self-efficacy alongside their academic development. The aim is to teach lessons as part of the core curriculum that will enable students to navigate the world within and beyond school and to thrive and flourish.

The Healthy Minds study is tracking 10,000 students from 34 secondary schools over four years in a randomized control study. Relationship Smarts PLUS instruction will take place in years two and three.


RQplusCover-v3.0Adolescent Dating Aggression Attitudes and Behavior: Relationship Smarts PLUS Makes a Difference

Romantic relationships offer many positive developmental opportunities for adolescents. Most importantly they provide a context for identity and intimacy development.

Despite, the capacity for facilitating healthy development, romantic relationships also can include experiences of jealousy, possessiveness, and relationship violence. Dating aggression in adolescent relationships is of concern given the effects it can have on adolescent development and adjustment, as well as patterns established that can affect functioning and outcomes well into the future.

This paper examines the effectiveness of Relationship Smarts PLUS to increase disapproval of relationship aggression and reduce physical aggression perpetrated by adolescents in their dating relationships.

(Editor’s Note: This paper is the final product of the five year, $1 million dollar federally funded evaluation of Relationship Smarts PLUS at Auburn University. We would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Kerpelman, Dr. Francesca Adler-Bader, and their amazing team over the years for their pioneering research. All the papers from this evaluation may be found here.)


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Teen Dating Relationships: Understanding and Comparing Youth and Adult Conceptualizations

As teen dating violence (TDV) incidence has escalated substantially in recent years, a number of research, practice, and policy efforts have been championed in response. One critical challenge in effectively addressing teen dating violence relates to the lack of research that directly considers how youth conceptualize teen dating in the first place, apart from specifically aggressive or violent relationships.

Most work in this area is instead guided by professionals’ assumptions of adolescents’ dating experiences, with little sense of how well these assumptions align with teens’ reality. The purpose of this study was to directly engage teens and young adults to better understand how youth conceptualize teen dating relationships, and the extent to which youth conceptualizations comport with those of adults in the field.


Pediatrics Journal

Cyber Dating Abuse Among Teens

Technology is ubiquitous in adolescents’ lives, with more than three-quarters (78%) of adolescents (ages 12–17) reporting having a cell phone and 93% their own computer.

Adolescents are increasingly using texting and online social networking sites to connect with other adolescents, with 63% reporting exchanging text messages daily and 29% reporting daily communication through social networking sites.

These technologies also present opportunities for harmful communication, including abusive behaviors between peers or “cyberbullying”. Read more.


NCBI LogoSexual media exposure, sexual behavior, and sexual violence victimization in adolescence.

Emerging research suggests sexual media affects sexual behavior, but most studies are based on regional samples and few include measures of newer mediums. Furthermore, little is known about how sexual media relates to sexual violence victimization.

All other things equal, more frequent exposure to sexual media was related to ever having had sex, coercive sex victimization, and attempted/completed rape but not risky sexual behavior.

Longer standing mediums such as television and movies appear to be associated with greater amounts of sexual media consumption than newer ones, such as the Internet. A nuanced view of how sexual media content may and may not be affecting today’s youth is needed.

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Child Trends Child Trends Report on Family Environments

Parents with high levels of marital satisfaction are more likely to demonstrate good parenting practices, such as warmth, responsiveness, and affection, which in turn can positively affect adolescent well-being.

Over 80 percent of adolescents with partnered parents have parents who report high levels of happiness in their spousal or partner relationship. Among adolescents with partnered parents, the majority have parents who say their relationship with their partner or spouse is very happy or completely happy. Slightly more white, non-Hispanic and Hispanic adolescents have parents who report being completely/ very happy compared with black, non-Hispanic adolescents’ parents.

Low ratings of parental happiness are also more common among adolescents in low-income households. About one in five adolescents in poor families and families with incomes between 100 and 200 percent of poverty have parents who say they are fairly or not too happy, compared with about one in six adolescents in families with incomes above 200 percent of poverty.

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Second Wednesday Webinars

Our Gift to You!
DIY Webinar in December!

Watch any Dibble archived webinar by clicking the link to it on our Archived webinar page.

Take a look at the 2014 webinars! From Handling Those Fabulous Love Chemicals to Fatherhood in the Inner City, from Teens, Tech, and Social Media to Juvenile Justice.

Give yourself the gift of a free webinar!

Happy holidays!

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HHS.GovHealthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grants forecast for early 2015

Health and Human Services Office of Family Assistance has released their forecast for a new round of grants in early 2015! Please note that the information provided below is from the federal government. All grant inquiries should be addressed to Office of Family Assistance as noted in the grant forecast.

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants

Grants awarded under this Funding Opportunity Announcement will support programs that have the capacity and proven record of accomplishment in providing a broad range of marriage and relationship skills training. To address the multiple barriers faced by individuals, couples, partners, and families, programs will provide healthy marriage and relationship skills designed to change behaviors of individuals and move families towards economic self-sufficiency.

Responsible Fatherhood

The Responsible Fatherhood initiative is designed to help fathers establish or strengthen positive parental interaction by providing activities that develop and improve relationship, communication, and parenting skills, and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services.

Responsible Fatherhood activities also help fathers improve relationships with their spouses, significant others, and/or the mothers of their children. ACF is particularly interested in organizations that have the capacity and proven record of accomplishment in helping low-income fathers, and comprehensive fatherhood programs that integrate robust economic stability services, healthy marriage and relationship activities, and activities designed to foster responsible parenting.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Opportunities Forcasted for 2015

Recently the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announced forecasts about teen pregnancy prevention funding opportunities expected to be released in early 2015. Please note that the information provided below is from the federal government. All grant inquiries should be directed to the OAH and FYSB respectively as noted in the grant forecasts.

HHS Grants ForecastOAH

Rigorous Evaluation of New or Innovative Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The Funding Opportunity Announcement will provide competitive funding to organizations to develop and rigorously evaluate new and innovative approaches to prevent teen pregnancy.

Family and Youth Services BureauFYSB

Specific Funding Opportunity from FYSB for Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Palau

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Administration for Families and Children (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ (ACYF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will be accepting applications from local organizations and entities, including faith-based organizations or consortia, for the development and implementation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.

The purpose of this program is to support projects that educate youth, between the ages of 10 and 19 years, and pregnant and parenting youth under age 21, on abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS. Projects are also required to implement at least three of six adulthood preparation subjects.


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