Healthy Relationship News – January 2015





Models of Success:
Case Studies of Effective Healthy Marriage and Responsible
Fatherhood Grantees



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National Public RadioStudy Links Childhood Trauma to Adult Depression, Physical Ailments

Childhood traumas like divorce, abuse, and neglect can significantly increase the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s, chronic pulmonary disease, stroke and asthma, according to a study of California adults released on Wednesday. We’ll talk to one of the authors of the report, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco. The center, located in the Bayview District, recently received a $3 million grant from Google for its work. (Podcast)


New York TimesThe Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On (with response)

 “As the middle of our labor market has eroded, the ability of high school-educated Americans to build a firm economic foundation for a marriage has been greatly reduced,” said Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist and author of “Labor’s Love Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working-Class Family in America.” “Better-educated Americans have found a new marriage model in which both spouses work and they build a strong economic foundation for their marriage.”

Some of the decline in divorce clearly stems from the fact that fewer people are getting married — and some of the biggest declines in marriage have come among groups at risk of divorce. But it also seems to be the case that marriages have gotten more stable, as people are marrying later.

Response: Tuesday’s New York Times’ Upshot section featured an article by Claire Cain Miller entitled “The Divorce Surge is Over, but the Myth Lives On.” The piece got a good deal of attention, but Miller manages to reinforce some myths of her own. 
That’s not to say the piece is wrong in its basic facts. The divorce surge is over. (Or most people believe it is: this paper offers an alternate take.) In truth, the rise in divorce has been over for 20 years. Read More


XL love‘XL Love’ Examines the Private Complications of Obesity in Americans’ Relationships

As America’s waistline expands, our sex lives get more complicated. At least, that’s what journalist Sarah Varney found on her quest to discover how America’s growing obesity rate is affecting our love lives. Since two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, how does that affect our relationships in dating and the bedroom?

Survey data do suggest that heavy teenagers date less than their slimmer peers — “date” in the sense both of ritualized couple-based social activity and of romance-fueled sexual activity. When heavy teenagers do have sex, these experiences are often isolated and isolating events, with girls in particular prone to more reckless, unprotected, drug- or alcohol-fueled intimacy than their peers. (Link to Podcast)

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Dibble Name and HeartJanuary Inventory Reduction Sale

As we clean our cupboards, get great deals on DVDs, books, brochures, and activity guides for tweens, teens, and young adults. Perfect for supplementing Dibble curricula.

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Family FrameworksValidation Video

Kathy Schleier of Family Frameworks in Georgia uses this video to supplement Lesson 8 on rudeness and respect in Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships. She selected it to help young people see how their attitudes make a difference in relationships!

Read Kathy’s blog post to learn more about the impacts Family Frameworks is getting from Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships.

Thanks for sharing, Kathy!


Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young AdultsInvesting in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults

Young adulthood – ages 18 to 26 – is a critical time in life. What happens during these years has profound and long-lasting implications for young adults’ future employment and career paths and for their economic security, and well-being. Young adults are key contributors to the nation’s workforce and military services and, since many are parents, to the healthy development and well-being of the next generation.

Chapter 3 focuses exclusively on young adult relationships. A great read!

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Second Wednesday Webinars

Models of Success:

Case Studies of Effective

Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantees

Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant applications are forecast to be released in January!

Learn from three successful current grantees about how they implement Healthy Relationship Education in their programs. Each uses a Dibble curriculum that meets the unique needs of their target audience. They will share models, stories of impact, and outcomes.


Deborah Gunn, First Things First, Chattanooga, TN

John Lewis, FuturoNow, Southern CA

Erin Stone, Relationship Skills Center, Sacramento, CA

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2014
, 4:00 pm Eastern/
1:00 pm Pacific

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Register Now!

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HHS.GovHealthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grants forecast for early 2015

Health and Human Services Office of Family Assistance has released their forecast for a new round of grants in early 2015! Please note that the information provided below is from the federal government. All grant inquiries should be addressed to Office of Family Assistance as noted in the grant forecast.

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants

Grants awarded under this Funding Opportunity Announcement will support programs that have the capacity and proven record of accomplishment in providing a broad range of marriage and relationship skills training. To address the multiple barriers faced by individuals, couples, partners, and families, programs will provide healthy marriage and relationship skills designed to change behaviors of individuals and move families towards economic self-sufficiency.

Responsible Fatherhood

The Responsible Fatherhood initiative is designed to help fathers establish or strengthen positive parental interaction by providing activities that develop and improve relationship, communication, and parenting skills, and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services.

Responsible Fatherhood activities also help fathers improve relationships with their spouses, significant others, and/or the mothers of their children. ACF is particularly interested in organizations that have the capacity and proven record of accomplishment in helping low-income fathers, and comprehensive fatherhood programs that integrate robust economic stability services, healthy marriage and relationship activities, and activities designed to foster responsible parenting.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Opportunities Forcasted for 2015

Recently the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announced forecasts about teen pregnancy prevention funding opportunities expected to be released in early 2015. Please note that the information provided below is from the federal government. All grant inquiries should be directed to the OAH and FYSB respectively as noted in the grant forecasts.

Office of Adolescent HealthOAH

Rigorous Evaluation of New or Innovative Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The Funding Opportunity Announcement will provide competitive funding to organizations to develop and rigorously evaluate new and innovative approaches to prevent teen pregnancy.

Family and Youth Services BureauFYSB

Specific Funding Opportunity from FYSB for Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Palau

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Administration for Families and Children (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ (ACYF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will be accepting applications from local organizations and entities, including faith-based organizations or consortia, for the development and implementation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.

The purpose of this program is to support projects that educate youth, between the ages of 10 and 19 years, and pregnant and parenting youth under age 21, on abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS. Projects are also required to implement at least three of six adulthood preparation subjects.


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