Healthy Relationship News – February 2012

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THE LATEST

National Healthy Marriage Resource Center School of Thought: Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Matters to Our Youth

The Dibble Institute is highlighted in this report with 14 other federal grantees for our success in reaching over 41,000 young people with relationship skills classes between 2006 and 2011. We are thrilled to pass these kudos along to the 500 plus teachers and youth workers who made these classes happen. Thank you!!!

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Penn State University Early Adulthood in a Family Context

Early adulthood (ages 18-24) is a period characterized by social-emotional, cognitive and physical development, evidenced in increasing autonomy from parents, financial independence, romantic relationship involvement, and transitions into parenthood. It is a critical life period because the timing and sequencing of these developments set the stage for later health and well-being as well as for future psychological development, achievement, and family and intimate relationship experiences.

You can read a brief summary or the complete chapter on line: here.

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Sharing PasswordsYoung, in Love and Sharing Everything, Including a Password

Young couples have long signaled their devotion to each other by various means – the gift of a letterman jacket, or an exchange of class rings or ID bracelets. Best friends share locker combinations.

The digital era has given rise to a more intimate custom. It has become fashionable for young people to express their affection for each other by sharing their passwords to e-mail, Facebook and other accounts. Boyfriends and girlfriends sometimes even create identical passwords, and let each other read their private e-mails and texts.

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Unlikely Optimists, Skeptics, and Believers:

University of Wisconsin at MilwaukieeUnderstanding Adolescents’ Prospective Relationship Views

Attitudes formed in adolescence create a foundation for family-formation decisions in adulthood. Drawing on qualitative interviews with fifty American adolescents, this article details five relationship-relevant factors that emerge in the teens’ discussions of their relationship views. These are personal communication style, divorce acceptance, relationship efficacy, preferred family-formation timing and sequencing, and romantic relationship examples seen growing up.

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Act for YouthPREP Grant resources from NY

Helping Youth Build Relationship Skills

Adolescence is a time to explore and develop emotional and social competence. On one hand teens are learning to perceive, assess, and manage their own emotions; on the other hand they are engaged in building their capacity to be sensitive and effective in relating to others: friends, family, and adults in their lives, as well as girlfriends and boyfriends.

Healthy relationships require communication and intimacy skills; they also rely on individual characteristics such as emotional self-regulation, social confidence, and empathy. Often youth programs do not focus explicitly on promoting healthy relationships, but they may include activities that practice pro-social behaviors and communication skills. The resources below emphasize building healthy relationship skills.

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TOOLS YOU CAN USE

Movie Magic!!!!

Using Movies in Your Family and Consumer Sciences Classroom A great website with lots of discussion guides to great movies for teens. Thank you Carol Erwin!

(Ed Note – Check out Dibble’s Movie Guides with relationship discussion questions!)

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Dr. Scott Stanley Sliding Vs Deciding: How the New Courtship Paradigm Imperils Lifelong Love

Dr. Scott Stanley webcast from Bowling Green State University

(Ed. Note: The Dibble programs – Love Notes, Relationship Smarts PLUS, and both Connections curricula – contain the Sliding Vs. Deciding principle.)

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Love U2®: Relationship Smarts PLUSLincoln County students learning about healthy relationships

Learning how to build healthy relationships is the lesson plan at Lincoln County High School. The curriculum is called “Love U-2: Relationship Smarts Plus”.

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Skill Sets Introducing Skill Sets – Relationships & Romance Activities

Introducing our first ever activity book from Dibble – Skill Sets: Relationships and Romance!

First of its kind, this book offers a truly effective way to teach relationship skills when time (or budget) are limited. The activities cover all the basic skills, so they’re ideal whenever when complete curricula aren’t practical or affordable… or as a lively supplement to existing materials.

Priced at $54.95, Skill Sets offers lots of teaching power at a very affordable price. Order Skills Sets by February 14th and shipping is free.

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Funding Streams for Relationship Education

HHS.gov Grants for Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will soon be accepting applications for the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and for Maternity Group Homes (MGH). TLPs provide an alternative to involving RHY in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. Each TLP must provide a safe and appropriate shelter for up to 21 months of services with adult supervision, life and interpersonal skill building, career counseling and job skills, counseling, and medical care as appropriate. MGHs provide the same services as a TLP in addition to providing parenting instructions and child care. Other services that are offered include, but are not limited to, transportation, family planning, abstinence education and pregnancy prevention services.

Available: April 2012, Deadline: June 2012

Get more info and apply here

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First Nations Development Institute

First Nations Development Institute

The First Nations Development Institute is accepting Letters of Intent for projects that focus on youth, and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and mental health. Eligible applicants must be Tribal governments, Tribal programs, or Native nonprofits in or near Indian Country. Letters are due March 2 and must be completed through the Institute’s online application process.

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Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar

February 13-15, 2012

Educating for Careers

Sacramento, CA

Workshop: Relationship Education: The Missing Link

Presenter: Kay Reed

February 20-24, 2012

Annual National Fatherhood and Families Conference

Los Angeles, CA

Workshop: Healthy Teen Relationships: Forming Connections Today and into Tomorrow

Presenters: Char Kamper

February 20-24, 2012

North Carolina Coalition Social Studies

Chicago, IL

Workshop: Money Habitudes: Understanding the Foundations of Personal Finance

Presenter: Joyce Huff

February 24, 2012

Illinois Family and Consumer Science Professional Day

Chicago, IL

Workshop: Money Habitudes

Presenter: Nancy Lenk

March 8, 2012

Ohio ACTE Special Education

Columbus, OH

Workshop: Money Habitudes

Presenter: Irene Varley

March 8-9, 2012

Unified Association of Conferences

Workshop: Money Habitudes

Presenter: Joyce Huff

March 29-31, 2012

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

San Francisco, CA

Exhibitor: Kay Reed

April 11-12, 2012

Texas Partners in Protection Conference

Round Rock, TX

Workshop: Relationship Education: The Missing Link

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier

April 11-14, 2012

Jackson, WYWorkshop: What’s Your Money Habitude?Workshop: Things to Know Before You Say GoPresenter: Joyce Huff

April 19-21,2012

ACTE Region IV Conference

Albuquerque, NM

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

May 16-17, 2012

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina

Greensboro, NC

Workshop: It’s So Much More Than SEX!

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow

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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