Healthy Relationship News – January 2013






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Research suggests that having the skills to manage intimate partner relationships can help youth make better decisions related to school, employment, pregnancy prevention, and establishing strong, constructive relationships. Growing attention is being paid to whether improving relationship education for youth currently in foster care can help improve their outcomes.  


To explore this topic further, Child Trends conducted a research and evaluation review, Putting Youth Relationship Education on the Child Welfare Agenda: Findings from a Research and Evaluation Review.  


(Ed Note: We are pleased to have Dibble programs reviewed in this important publication.)  



Teen Attitudes about Marriage and Family


KEY FINDING: The desire of teenagers of both sexes for “a good marriage and family life” has remained high over the past few decades. Boys are almost ten percentage points less desirous than girls, however, and they are also a little more pessimistic about the possibility of a long-term marriage. Both boys and girls have become more accepting of lifestyles that are alternatives to marriage, including unwed childbearing and premarital cohabitation.



Medical News Today

Teen Dating Violence Affects Adult Health


Victims of teen dating violence have a higher chance of experiencing adverse health outcomes as young adults. After adjusting for variables such as child maltreatment, socio-demographics, and pubertal status, results showed that after five years:   


Adolescent females who previously reported victimization by a boyfriend had a higher chance of:  

  • drinking heavily  
  • smoking  
  • experiencing symptoms of depression  
  • thinking about suicide  

Adolescent males who were victims of dating violence by a girlfriend were more likely to report:  

  • suicidal thoughts
  • increased anti-social behavior
  • marijuana use


How Good Dating Strategies Can Help Teens Get Summer Retail Jobs Before Adults


When competing for summer retail jobs, adults with a lifetime of job interviewing skills seem to have an unfair competitive advantage over teens with little or no interview experience. But teen job hunters have a secret interview weapon that adult applicants lack – good dating skills.


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Hollywood Homeless Youth Program Relationship Traffic: An Intimate Partner Abuse Prevention Curriculum for Runaway and Homeless Youth 


Data indicates that adolescents are more likely to experience intimate partner abuse than adults. Homeless youth are known to be particularly likely to have been victimized and to be victimizers. Relationship Traffic was created as an intimate partner abuse prevention curriculum specifically for runaway and homeless youth.  


Although this curriculum is designed for a specific population, it contains a wealth of information and activities to teach youth about topics such as maintaining personal boundaries, cultural influences, and red flags for dangerous relationships that could be used or adapted for a variety of populations.



New York Times

An Invitation for High School Seniors to Write About Finances


As the economy has suffered in recent years and college costs have risen, high school seniors have grappled with the fallout in their own families and channeled their feelings into an increasing number of memorable college application essays about sacrifice, social policy and affluence or its opposite.  


Given the Your Money team’s long-standing endorsement of raising the financial consciousness of the younger set, we wanted to see these writings for ourselves. So we’re asking high school seniors who are applying for college this year to send us application essays that have anything at all to do with money, working, class, the economy and affluence (or lack thereof).  


(Ed Note: If you are using Money Habitudes, this could be a great class project!)


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Dibble Webinars  

Coming in February!

 Can’t Buy Me Love: How to be Rich in Life and Love  


Learn how understanding the emotional side of money can help young people make wiser choices in life, love and money management.

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013


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Where is Dibble now?

Come see us!


January 31- February 3, 2013
Texas Association Concerned with School Age Parenthood
San Antonio, Texas
Workshop:  Teen Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child
Presenter: Janet Pozmantier   


February 6-8, 2013
12th Annual Partners in Prevention Training Conference
Austin, Texas
Workshop: The Last Puzzle Piece: Preventing Child Abuse and Family Violence Through Teen Relationship Education
Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


February 20-22, 2013
22nd Annual Texas School of Social Workers Conference
Austin, Texas
Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Health Relationship Education for the Hook-Up Generation
Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


February 25-March 1, 2013
National Fathers and Families Coalition Conference
San Francisco, CA
Workshop: Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child
Presenter: Kay Reed and Dixie Zittlow


March 20-23, 2013
16th Annual National School Social Worker Conference 
San Diego, CA
Workshop:  What’s Love Got to do With It?
Presenter:  Joyce Huff


April 5-6, 2013
Pennsylvania Family and Consumer Sciences Conference
Pittsburgh, PA
Presenter:  Irene Varley


April 24-26, 2013
Center for Parent Education’s International Conference on Parenting and Parent Education
Denton, TX
Workshop:  The Missing Link: Preventing Child Abuse by Teaching Teens Relationship Skills
Presenter:  Janet Pozmantier


June 26-29, 2013

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Conference
Houston, Texas
Workshop: What’s in Your Wallet? Using EQ Strategies to Build Financial Resiliency
Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


July 14-15, 2013

Kentucky Association of Careers and Technical Education

Louisville, KY


Presenter: Nancy Lenk


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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