Healthy Relationship News – February 2014








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Child Trends Child Trends:  

Dating and Sexual Relationships   


Dating during adolescence is an important stage in people’s lives. In spending time with a current or potential girlfriend or boyfriend, adolescents are developing their romantic and sexual identities, which set the stage for their adult relationships. Dating during adolescence is common, although research suggests that the terms “hanging out” or “going with someone” have replaced the term “dating” for many adolescents.  


This Adolescent Health Highlight presents key research findings about the prevalence of and trends in adolescents’ dating and sexual relationships; discusses dating and sexual behaviors that may put adolescents at risk for negative outcomes; examines how these behaviors vary by gender, age, and race/ethnicity; and considers individual, family, and media influences on adolescents’ sexual behaviors. More. 



Child TrendsWhen Sex and Dating are the Same 

Latinos Attitudes on Teen Parenthood and Contraception


Hispanics have the highest teen birth rate in the United States, and that has been the case since the late 1990s. In fact, despite recent declines in teenage childbearing among all groups, estimates suggest that 28 percent of Hispanic women will have a baby by the time they celebrate their twentieth birthday, compared with 11 percent of white women and 24 percent of black women.  


This brief explores issues related to Latino teen pregnancy and childbearing and consider promising approaches for teen pregnancy prevention programs for this population. More 



Pediatrics Logo Teens Who Sext Are More Likely to Engage in Other Sexual Behaviors  


A study in Pediatrics found 22 percent of at-risk seventh graders participated in sexting. The study, Sexting and Sexual Behavior in At-Risk Adolescents, in the February 2014 Pediatrics, gathered information from 410 children ages 12 to 14 about whether they had texted or emailed a sexual picture or message within the last six months, and about their sexual risk behaviors and intentions.  


The study authors conclude that as early as middle school, attention should be paid to teens’ electronic communication because sexting may be a marker for sexual risk behaviors that can have significant consequences, including pregnancy or disease. More 



The Shriver Report

The Shriver Report

Marriage, Motherhood and Men


Fifty years ago, the pioneers of the War on Poverty saw no need to call for a strengthening of the American family as a critical component to combating poverty. At the time, marriage-centered around motherhood and the man of the family-was still the prevailing norm for raising children and staving off poverty.  


The goal of the War on Poverty was to assist families in poverty with greater access to basic food, education, housing, and job training to increase their economic prospects, and to enable nuclear families to thrive. Families were the first line of defense against poverty. More 


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Dibble at Our Giving Library Video Premiere!  


The Dibble Institute is delighted to premiere a new video from The Giving Library!  


The Giving Library, a project of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, helps donors give wisely. Dibble is pleased to have been selected for The Giving Library website. We are grateful to all at the Foundation for the gift of such a wonderful video.  


To watch Executive Director, Kay Reed, discussing the importance and effectiveness of relationship skills education for teens and young adults around the country, click here.  


And, please join us in our mission with a donation!





Love Notes Used in DOL “Face Forward” Grant  


Congratulations to the Imperial Valley Regional Occupation Program (IVROP) in El Centro, CA! They have been awarded a Department of Labor “Face Forward” grant to help improve long-term labor market prospects for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.  


The “Face Forward” grants were awarded to 28 community-based organizations to provide juvenile offenders with support services, training and skills development to help them obtain employment and overcome the stigma of a juvenile record.  


“We are including Love Notes in our grant as part of the family reunification requirement,” noted Marysol Redondo, Youth Development Specialist. “Participants may attend sessions with their current romantic partner or the co-parent of their child. Our hope is that by learning healthy relationship skills, communications strategies, and problem solving techniques, we will strengthen and stabilize these young people and their families.”  


(Ed. Note: Stay tuned! We will keep you posted as this grant continues.)


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Tip Sheets


Tip Sheet How Adolescent Boys Learn:

Tailoring Prevention Messages


In general, adolescent pregnancy prevention (APP) programs focus on the needs of female learners. APP programs seldom mention the consequences of early fatherhood and often emphasize female-centered contraception, which is a topic that may not resonate with boys. Recent data show a number of gender-based disparities across the education system that put boys at a learning disadvantage and indicate that the education system is not meeting the learning needs of boys.  


This tip sheet explores gender-based developmental differences that can impact boys’ learning and examines strategies facilitators can use to better meet the learning needs of boys in their APP programming. This tip sheet also provides specific tips for working with boys who are involved in the juvenile justice system. More 


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Second Wednesday Webinars  

I’m in Love!

Understanding and Handling

Those Fabulous Love Chemicals


Many of us remember our first crush. Our feet barely touched the ground and we couldn’t get that special someone out of our minds. The feelings of romantic attraction are incredible!  


Thanks to modern science we now know that most of our “in love” sensations are due to various chemicals naturally coursing through our brains.  


Join Marlene Pearson, author of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0, to learn about the brain chemistry behind falling in love and how it affects us.  


She’ll also explore how to help youth  

  • understand their feelings,
  • appreciate the early stages of attraction, and
  • make good relationship and sexual decisions. 

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014  

at 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific


Who: Pregnancy prevention specialists, sex educators, healthy

relationship instructors, foster youth caseworkers, health and FACS teachers, community based youth workers and anyone who cares about teens and young adults.  


Register Now! 


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Innovative Youth Programs


NCFY Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation  


Innovative programs or services are defined as “uncommon, untested or otherwise unconventional.” In other words, RMYF funds programs or services that are outside of current customary practices. We support programs or services that are designed to help underprivileged youth reach their full potential. The foundation awards grants of $25,000 to untested youth programs that lead to breakthrough results in supporting underprivileged youth in the greater metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Madison, WI, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Pre-applications are due April 30, and invited applications will be due August 30.





Grants to Non-Profit Organizations  


Do you know a small non-profit whose mission includes improving the emotional and financial well-being of women and children? Encourage them to apply for an eWomenNetwork Foundation Grant!


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Come see us!


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


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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