Healthy Relationship News – July 2012






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Girl TalkGirl Talk:  

What High School Senior Girls Have to Say about Sex, Love, and Relationships  


In a new National Campaign report, Girl Talk: What High School Senior Girls Have to Say about Sex, Love, and Relationships, 12th grade girls provide insights about everything from advice to younger girls, to their regrets, to what they really think about sex and relationships. Based on a new survey from the Campaign and Seventeen magazine (look for a related article in the August issue of Seventeen, on newsstands now!), here’s just a bit of what they shared with us:

  • 76% of senior girls who have had sex say they would change something about their first time if they could re-do it.  
  • 68% of senior girls say they’ll still want to talk to their parents about sex, love, relationships, and pregnancy prevention in the future just as much as they did while in high school.  
  • 43% of senior girls who have already had sex wish they’d waited longer.  

Download the full report here.  

Download a tip sheet for parents here.  

Download a tip sheet from senior girls to younger teens here.



Child Trends

The Perils of Young Romance: 

Relationship Violence Among Young Adult Couples  


Relationship violence is linked with a host of negative outcomes for women and men. Prior research indicates that young adults are at the greatest risk for experiencing violence at the hands of their romantic partners, although the actual prevalence of relationship violence is difficult to assess. Notably, questions about relationship violence are generally only asked of one partner in a relationship, likely underestimating the problem.


Child Trends’ latest research brief, Relationship Violence Among Young Adult Couples, used data collected in 2001 from both women and men to examine physical relationship violence and threats of physical violence among heterosexual young adult couples in the U.S. Overall, Child Trends found that four out of 10 couples in this sample reported some type of physical relationship violence or threats of violence in the past year. This is considerably higher than prior estimates that rely only on the report of one partner rather than accounting for the experiences reported by both partners in a couple.



   Home, School, Community  

Growing Up LGBT in America

HRC Youth Survey Report  

Key Findings  


The Human Rights Campaign LGBT Youth recently released their report on GLBT youth. Of interest to us in the field of romantic relationship education was the young people’s response to the polling question: “What is the most difficult problem facing you in your life these days?”  


One of many answers and right in the middle of the list was: “Problems in romantic relationships – 6%.”  


We know that relationships skills can be taught and relationships tend to get better when people acquire those skills. Dibble programs are written to be inclusive which then supports all young people in getting smart about their love lives.



 Common Sense Media 


Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives 


A new report from Common Sense Media provides the latest insights on teens’ use of media and technology and how they perceive it affects their relationships and feelings about themselves. This large-scale, nationally representative quantitative survey of more than 1,000 13- to 17-year-olds reveals that most teens think that social media has had a more positive than negative effect on their social and emotional well-being.  


Key findings include:  

  • 90% of teens have used some form of social media; 75% of teens have a social networking site, and more than half (51%) of all teens check their social networking site at least once a day  
  • 52% of all teens who use social media say it has mainly helped their friendships, while only 4% say it has mainly hurt their friendships  
  • 29% of social network users believe social networking makes them feel more outgoing (compared to 5% who say less); 20% say it makes them feel more confident (4% say less); 15% say it makes them feel better about themselves (4% say worse); and 10% say it makes them feel less depressed (vs. 5% who say more)



More than Myth:  
The Developmental Significance of Romantic Relationships During Adolescence


Adolescents’ romantic relationships have attracted popular interest, but, until recently, little scientific curiosity. Research has been impeded by erroneous assumptions that adolescent relationships are trivial and transitory, that they provide little information beyond measures of the influence of parent-child and peer relationships, and that their impact is primarily associated with problems of behavior and adjustment. This article proposes that distinguishing five features of romantic relationships (involvement, partner selection, relationship content, quality, and cognitive and emotional processes) is essential to describing adolescents’ relationships and their developmental significance.


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Useful Tools 



25 Great Educators To Follow On Pinterest


Pinterest is such an exciting medium for collecting educational resources. It’s a great place for academics to share some of the best finds, resources, and learning opportunities in a visual format that’s appealing to students and researchers alike.  


Here are 25 academics that are doing just that, sharing their very own collections of educational and interesting pins. We encourage you to see how they’re using the site, plus check out the amazing finds they’ve collected.


(Ed Note: Please let us know if you are on Pinterest and if you have a relationship skills pin!)  


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Funding Streams for Relationship Education     


Grants Promote Stable Homes for Families in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Freddie Mac 

 Freddie Mac Foundation 


The mission of the Freddie Mac Foundation is to make home a place where vulnerable children and their families can thrive. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC, and the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia. (Funding is also available for statewide initiatives in Maryland and Virginia and programs that are national in scope.)  


The Foundation’s grant categories include Stable Homes, Stable Families; Foster Care and Adoption; and Academic and Career Success. Grants of up to $50,000 are offered. The upcoming application deadline is August 15, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application guidelines and eligibility criteria. 


Community Programs in Oklahoma Funded
In as Much Foundation


 Inasmuch Foundation 

The Inasmuch Foundation is dedicated to the betterment of people, neighborhoods, and communities in Oklahoma. The Foundation primarily provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state for programs that result in the greatest positive outcome for Oklahomans. (Support is also considered for nonprofit organizations that address the Foundation’s priorities in Colorado Springs, CO.)

The Foundation’s areas of interest include education, community enhancement, and health and human services. Projects that involve collaborative community efforts to avoid duplication of services are encouraged. Support is provided for existing programs as well as new initiatives. Online letters of inquiry will be accepted through August 15, 2012. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website. Street Outreach Program – Deadline for applications: August 6, 2012  


The Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program. The Street Outreach Program funds organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and ultimately help them leave the streets.  


The skills taught and capacities developed in the grant’s focus areas support children, youth and families as challenges, risks and opportunities arise. In particular, each domain impacts the capacity of children, youth and families to establish and maintain positive relationships with caring adults and supportive peers. The necessity of these relationships to social and emotional well-being and lifelong success in school, community, and at home cannot be overstated and should be central to all interventions with vulnerable children, youth and families.


Read the funding opportunity announcement.  


HHS.govPersonal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants


The Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for the development and implementation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) from eligible applicants 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, and pregnant and parenting youth, under age 21, on abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS. Successful applicants will also provide programming on at least three of six adulthood preparation subjects: healthy relationships,adolescent development, financial literacy, parent-child communication, educational and career success, and healthy life skills.  


Dibble Institute programs incorporate all PREP adult preparation subjects, making it easy to strengthen your proposal by uniquely addressing the grant requirements with evidence-based materials both teens and facilitators love!  


The deadline to apply is August 6, 2012. Please contact Kay Reed at for additional information or click here TO READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT. Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program


The Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau will be accepting applications for the implementation of the Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) Program. Grantees under this program will be expected to develop a targeted and medically-accurate approach to reducing teen pregnancies through abstinence education. Abstinence education programming is one intervention in a continuum of services that seeks to prevent teen pregnancy. The purpose of the CAE program is to provide funding for additional tools to address the rates of teen pregnancy among adolescent youth who are at greatest risk of STDs/STIs and most likely to bear children out of wedlock. Program plans will focus on the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by delaying initiation of sexual activity and engaging in healthy relationships.  


Applicants are encouraged to use materials that are based on a sound theoretical framework, include at least 14 hours of instruction, encourage and foster peer support of delayed sexual activity, provide instructor training and support, and involve multiple experts in curriculum development. All activities must be consistent with the definition of abstinence as defined by Section 510(b)(2) of the Social Security Act and welcoming to GLBTQ youth.  


Several Dibble curricula meet the criteria stated above and have been used successfully to help young people build healthy relationships and delay sexual activity. We are ready to assist applicants in writing a strong grant proposal. For more information, please email For a complete list of eligible entities and more information about the funding, please read the funding announcement



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Where is Dibble now?

A peek at the Dibble calendar.


July 15-18, 2012        

Kentucky Annual Career and Technical Education Summer Program 

Louisville, KY

Workshop: What Is your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Irene Varley


July 20-24, 2012

National Association for Marriage and Relationship Education

Baltimore, MD


Training (one-day preconference training)

Prepare-Enrich-Inspire Curriculum

Trainer: Jessica Pool, M.S., author



Prepare-Enrich-Inspire for Teens

Presenter: Jessica Pool


The Future’s Families are Today’s Teens

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


Forming Realistic Expectations: Do I Want My Parents’ Relationship?

Presenter: Irene Varley


Things to Know Before You Say “Go”!

Presenter: Irene Varley


July 23-27, 2012

 Missouri ACTE/FCE Conference 

Springfield, MO

Workshop: Prepare students for “The Relationship”not just “The Wedding” – using a Data Driven approach

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


July 30 – August 2, 2012      

Virginia Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference 

Charlottesville, VA

Workshop: Curricula overview

Presenter: Joyce Huff


July 30 – August 3, 2012

Texas Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Development 

Dallas, Texas

Workshop: Prepare-Enrich-Inspire Teens into Their Futures

Presenter: Jessica Pool and Janet Pozmantier


August 1-3, 2012      

Virginia Marketing Educators Conference 

Virginia Beach, VA     

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Joyce Huff


August 2-3, 2012

 Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference  

Oklahoma City, OK

Workshop: Connections: Relationships and Marriage

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


August 5-7, 2012         

Wisconsin Family and Consumer Sciences Educators’ Conference 

Madison, WI

Workshop: What Is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


August 7-9, 2012

Ohio Association of Teachers of Family And Consumer Sciences Conference 

Columbus, OH

Workshops: What is Your Money Habitude?

                   Things to Know Before You Say “Go”

Presenter: Irene Varley


September 24-28, 2012

National Extension Association Family and Consumer Science Conference 

Columbus, OH

Workshop: The Money Habitudes Card Game for Teens

Presenter: Irene Varley



October 5-6, 2012

Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education 

Indianapolis, IN

Workshop:   What is Your Money Habitude?

Workshop: Who, Me, Worry?

Presenter: Irene Varley


October 10-13, 2012

American School Health Association 

San Antonio, TX

Symposium: Connecting Healthy Teen Relationships to Long-term Wellness

Presenter: Jennifer Kerpelman, Ph.D. , Irene Varley


October 30 – November 1, 2012

National Council on Family Relations: Families and Health 

Phoenix, AZ

Workshop: What’s New in Relationship Education for Teens and Young Adults? Health Risk Prevention

Presenters: Jennifer Kerpelman, Ph.D., Becky Antle, Ph.D., Frank Fincham, Ph.D., and Kay Reed



Would you like a Dibble presentation 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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