Healthy Relationship News – February 2016





Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Love & the Movies!

Dibble’s Free Movie Discussion Guides


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The Future of ChildrenMarriage and Child Wellbeing Revisited

(The Future of Children Project: Princeton – Brookings)

Marriage is on the decline. Men and women of the youngest generation are either marrying in their late twenties or not marrying at all. Childbearing has also been postponed, but not as much as marriage. The result is that a growing proportion of children are born to unmarried parents—roughly 40 percent in recent years, and over 50 percent for children born to women under 30.

Many unmarried parents are cohabiting when their child is born. Indeed, almost all of the increase in nonmarital childbearing during the past two decades has occurred to cohabiting rather than single mothers.

But cohabiting unions are very unstable, leading us to use the term “fragile families” to describe them. About half of couples who are cohabiting at their child’s birth will split by the time the child is five. Many of these young parents will go on to form new relationships and to have additional children with new partners. The consequences of this instability for children are not good. Research increasingly shows that family instability undermines parents’ investments in their children, affecting the children’s cognitive and social-emotional development in ways that constrain their life chances. Read more.


TEDRobert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness: TED Talk

There are countless ways to live life, but what if one way was better than others? What if there were certain “secrets” to ensuring greater happiness, and we could reveal those secrets to you right here, right now?

Sounds like the tagline of some hippy-dippy self-help book, doesn’t it? But the secrets to happiness may be actually be found in one incredibly in-depth study from Harvard. Read More.

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Live ScienceStrong Social Connections Linked to Better Health

A lack of social connection may have a negative impact on your physical health, new research suggests. Adolescents and teens ages 12 to 18 who felt socially isolated had a 27 percent increased risk of inflammation, compared with those who did not feel socially isolated, the researchers found. (Live Science, 1/4)


New York TimesHaving Friends Is Good for You, Starting in Your Teens

Having friends is good for your physical health, and the benefits appear to start early in life, according to a new study.

Researchers used data from more than 14,000 Americans in four large, nationally representative surveys of health from adolescence to old age. They measured social integration with an index that quantifies the number and nature of social connections — in romantic relationships, with family and friends, and by participation in religious and social organizations. The study appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

After controlling for education, smoking, depression, alcohol consumption, diabetes and other characteristics, they found a lower score on the social integration index was associated with higher levels of C-reactive protein, a measure of general inflammation, and with higher blood pressure, higher body mass index and larger waist circumference.


Medical News Today logoIntriguing Gender Differences Found in Autistic Friendships

Research being presented puts an interesting slant on autism, friendship and the differences between girls and boys. Results found that the relationships of autistic girls aged 12-16 were more similar to those of non-autistic girls than they were like autistic male’s relationships. The autistic girls were also less likely to pick up on conflict within their relationships. (Medical News Today, 1/6)

(Ed. Note: Check out a proven tool, Mike’s Crush, a video based relationship skills program for young people on the autism spectrum.)

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You Tube4 Tips on Dating Life

A quick and helpful YouTube video from our friends at First Things First in Chattanooga.


National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families LogoIntegrating Healthy Relationship Education in High School and College

A Free Webinar from the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families

Research shows that providing youth-focused relationship education increases the likelihood that adolescents will be prepared to make wise relationship decisions and to handle relationship challenges effectively. Join the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families for a new webinar that discusses the benefits of integrating healthy relationship education in high school and college.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
2:00pm-3:30pm EST

Register here.

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February 10

Second Wednesday Webinars

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Love & the Movies

Dibble’s FREE movie discussion Guides

To celebrate, we have a FREE gift for you! In-depth movie discussion guides that will help you have rich discussions with your young people about relationships using current and classic movies. Think Frozen, Cheaper by the Dozen, Antwone Fisher and more.

Movies can help students see the complexities and joys of a wide variety of relationships, including friendships and family, infatuations and first romances, enduring commitments and marriage. Discussing movies helps young people connect ideas in film to choices in real life.

In this webinar, you will see how the Dibble movie guides can unpack important concepts, how youth learn what “healthy” looks like, and why family formation matters.

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow & Aaron Larson, The Dibble Institute

Who should attend: All who work with teens and young adults!!

When:  Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Register Now!

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Telligen Community Initiative

Telligen Community Initiative

The mission of the Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) is to support innovative and forward looking health-related projects aimed at improving health, social well-being, and educational attainment. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies serving communities in Iowa, Illinois, and Oklahoma. TCI’s funding priorities include the following: Health Innovation, Health for the Underserved, and Healthcare Workforce Development. The deadline for applicants in Iowa is February 17, 2016; the deadline for Oklahoma applicants is May 11, 2016; and the Illinois application deadline is September 7, 2016.

Visit the TCI website to learn more about the funding priorities and application procedure.


US Office Of Justice Programs Seal

Funds for Measurement Research on Teen Dating Violence

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking proposals for measurement research related to teen dating violence (a.k.a. adolescent relationship abuse). In particular, NIJ is seeking proposals that advance the accurate and developmentally appropriate measurement of dating violence perpetration and victimization among adolescents and young adults.

The deadline for applications under this funding opportunity is March 9, 2016.

Download the solicitation.


Silver Family FoundationSupport for At-Risk Youth Programs in Oregon and Washington

Silver Family Foundation

The Silver Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Washington that work with at-risk youth. The Foundation’s Transitional Youth Development Grant Program provides grants to organizations that offer in-depth, long-term investments and opportunities for motivated, low-income youth. Priority is given to organizations that work in the areas of mentorship, high school completion, college and post-secondary preparation, and experiential education. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year; invited proposals are due March 31 and September 30, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines.

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