Healthy Relationship News – January 2012




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Future of Sex Education Healthy Relationships Included in New Sex Ed Standards  


Four leading health organizations have released the first-ever national standards for sexuality education in schools. Published in the Journal of School Health, the ground-breaking National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 provide clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades Kindergarten through grade 12. Healthy relationships are one of the seven topics deemed as the minimum, essential content and skills for sexuality education.  


Healthy Relationships offer guidance to students on how to successfully navigate changing relationships among family, peers, and partners. Special emphasis is given in the National Sexuality Education Standards to the increasing use and impact of technology within relationships.  


Read more and get the standards here 


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Relationship Skills Can’t Wait!  

Most Young Adults Form Families by Age 25    


Whether it’s having a child, getting married or cohabiting with a romantic partner, these markers of forming a family are a common right of passage to adulthood.  


Researchers at Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research’s (NCFMR) determined 61 percent of young adults have had a child, married or cohabitated with a romantic partner by their mid-20’s. Read more.  


(Ed. Note: As Frederick Douglass said: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Thanks for all your good work!!!) 



Child Trends Non-marital childbearing is increasingly common  


Having children outside of marriage – non-marital childbearing – has been on the rise across several decades in the United States. There are several reasons to be concerned with this trend. 


1. Couples who have children outside of marriage are younger, less healthy, and less educated than are the married couples who have children.  


2. Children born outside of marriage tend to grow up with limited financial resources; to have less stability in their lives because their parents are more likely to split up and form new unions and to have cognitive and behavioral problems such as aggression and depression.  


To read the full report, click here.  



The National Marriage Project Teen Attitudes on Marriage and Family  


“Marriage and family life remain very important goals for today’s teenagers. Nevertheless, teens are also increasingly accepting of a range of non-marital lifestyles that stand in tension with these goals. Given the ambiguous character of teenage attitudes regarding marriage, there are no strong signs yet of a generational cultural shift that could lead to a reversal of the nation’s recent retreat from marriage.”   

 2011 State of Our Unions Report, The National Marriage Project  


Download the full report here.


 sub-section  The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy  

Counting the Cost of Teen Pregnancy  


Teen childbearing in the United States cost taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $10.9 billion in 2008, according to an updated analysis from The National Campaign. State costs in 2008 ranged from $16 million in North Dakota to $1.2 billion in Texas. These public sector costs would have been considerably higher had it not been for the one-third decline in the U.S. teen birth rate between 1991 and 2008. The estimated national savings to taxpayers in 2008 alone due to the substantial decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2008 is $8.4 billion-ranging from $3.4 million in Wyoming to $1.4 billion in California.  


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sub-section Boston Medical Center  


Teen girls who engage in group sex are often coerced  


More than 7% of teen girls have engaged in multi-person sex, a new study reports – and half of them said they were threatened or forced into the act.  


Emily Rothman, an associate professor of community health sciences at Boston University Health Medical Center, conducted the study by polling 328 females between the ages of 14 and 20, at community or school health clinics in the Boston area. “We need to find out more about how prevalent this is, because we need to get better information into the hands of parents, pediatricians and schools,” she said. “People need to know about what’s happening. And then be prepared to provide education and counseling.”  


She stresses that school programs about healthy relationships and sexual activity have been proven to work – administrators just need to implement them into schedules and budgets.  


sub-sectionUniversity of Minnesota    

Baby-Mother Bonds Affect Future Adult Relationships 


A mother lode of bonding – or a lack thereof – between moms and young children can predict kids’ behavior in romantic relationships decades later, a new study suggests.  


Adding to evidence that even pre-verbal memories are firmly imprinted on young psyches, researchers found that children who had been more securely attached to their mothers, now grown, did better at resolving relationship conflicts, recovering from those conflicts and enjoying stable, satisfying ties with their romantic partners in early adulthood.  


“It’s often very difficult to find the lingering effects of early life being related to adult behavior, because life circumstances change,” said study author Jeffry A. Simpson, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. “People change, but there’s a kernel of stability from early experience in a lot of people.”  


But he added, “It’s really important not to blame parents. Usually when there’s a negative pattern of behavior with a mother and child, the mother is under financial or emotional stress . . . They’re often doing the best they can given their life circumstances.”  


The study is published in the December issue of the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.  


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“I Haven’t Found The Right Person”  

Teenagers Having Sex Are a Minority  


About 43 percent of unmarried teenage girls and 42 percent of unmarried teenage boys have had sexual intercourse at least once, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  


In 2002, the last year such a report was published, 45.5 percent of girls and 45.7 percent of boys had had sex by 19. Gladys Martinez, the report’s lead author and a demographer with the National Center for Health Statistics, pointed out some significant changes since 2002. “The percentage of teenage girls who have had sex is the same across ethnicities,” she said. “This is the first time that has happened, and the leveling off is due mainly to the smaller percentages of black teenage girls who have had sex.”  


The most common reason both girls and boys gave for never having had sex was that doing so was against their religion or morals; that has always been the primary reason in previous surveys, too, Dr. Martinez said. But the second-most-common reason among boys in the current survey was that they had not yet found the right person, a distinct change from 2002, when the No. 2 reason was that they did not want to get a girl pregnant.


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 The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy 

What’s Your Relationship Reality?  


There’s a lot that goes into having a relationship, keeping a relationship, and if necessary, ending a relationship, so The National Campaign gathered a group of teens and asked them about these issues and more. The upshot of these conversations is an eight-video series featuring teens talking about relationships, love, and sex.


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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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NASCSP Dibble Named Community Services Block Grant Consultant


Based on Dibble’s successful experiences implementing relationship skills programs with Community Action Agencies, The Dibble Institute has been listed as a consultant in the CSBG consultant bank. Administered by National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), the Consultant Bank consist of qualified organizations and/or individuals who can provide training and technical assistance to the Community Action Network in various areas including Leadership, Strategic Planning, Governance, ROMA, and other areas of importance to the Network. Dibble programs are being successfully used in re-entry and Head Start programs around the country.  


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Funding Streams for Relationship Education 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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Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar


January 31 – February 1, 2012   

YouthBuild USA 2012 National Directors Conference 

Arlington, VA

Exhibitors: Joyce Huff 


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: Reach Teens, Teach Teens  

Presenters: Kay Reed & 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  


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  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier  

Workshop: Relationship  

Education: The Missing Link  


April 19-21,2012  

ACTE Region IV Conference  

Albuquerque, NM  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier  

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?


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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