Healthy Relationship News – June 2013





Love Lives Are Not Neutral: Current Findings from the Field




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Teens Experience Both Sides of Dating Violence


Teens in a relationship that involves dating violence are likely to be both a victim and perpetrator, as opposed to being just one or the other, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. In some situations teens play both roles with one partner or they’ll play one role in a given relationship and then another role in a subsequent relationship.





Seventy-two percent of African-American children are raised in single-parent households, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And while the impact of single-parenthood, which reportedly entered the public consciousness around 1965, can be seen in performance at school, rates of imprisonment and poverty, and drug use, regardless of race, a new study by researchers at Rice University says the consequences of living with an unwed mother has expanded into another area – children’s waistlines.



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What Do Employers Really Want?



Most job seekers wish they could unlock the secret formula to winning the hearts and minds of employers. What, they wonder, is that unique combination of skills and values that make employers salivate with excitement?  


Numerous studies have identified these critical employability skills, sometimes referred to as “soft skills.”  


(Ed. Note: Here are three of our favorites!)  

  • Communications Skills (listening, verbal, written)  
  • Interpersonal Abilities
  • Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity


Breakup might be easier with sad music 



Just got dumped? Researchers say you are more likely to turn to “I Knew You Were Trouble” than “Call Me Maybe.”  


That’s because what you’re likely to be looking for is the support of an empathetic pal, they say. On the other hand, if someone dents the back of your car in the mall parking lot, the happy song could cheer you up.  


The researchers, writing in the August issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, wanted to know what prompted people to seek congruent music, art and film and what circumstances prompted them to find noncongruent art. Read more: 


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Enter today for one of 10 free copies (retail value $26.95 each) of THE ART OF LOVING WELL, an anthology of 41 selections from the best in adolescent literature. Click here to enter and learn more about the book. Entries must be received by June 10.  


This nationally acclaimed, literature based curriculum from Boston University teaches students about the complexities and joys of a wide variety of relationships, including friendships and family, infatuations and first romances, enduring commitments and marriage.



Improve Child Outcomes video

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change   


This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior.



How has Facebook Changed the Way We Date

From YouTube –
How has Facebook changed the way we date?





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Help Wanted

Wanted: Digital Native Author 


The Dibble Institute will be creating a new product to help teens and young adults learn how to safely use digital technology as they form healthy romantic relationships.  


If you are a digital native, currently teaching, and interested in applying research to practice, please send a brief list of the five topics you would want to cover in this teaching unit. Please also include a lesson plan you have previously created on any subject. If selected for this project, your work will be compensated through royalties.  


Send your files and any questions to  


The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013.



First Things First Urban Views Weekly Focuses on RQ+ 


“You need only do three things to avoid poverty in this country: Finish high school, marry before having a child, and marry after the age of 20. Only eight percent of families who do this are poor; 79 percent of those who fail to do this are poor,” said William Galston, former advisor to President Bill Clinton.  


This quote appears on the website First Things First is a Richmond-based nonprofit organization focused on strengthening families through education and interaction with the community.  


As a youth and singles program specialist for this nonprofit organization, Tammie Mobley, an AmeriCorps member, has ample experience making a difference, especially discussing hot-topic issues with youths. Meeting critical needs in the community, Tammie teaches young students how to make smart decisions in real-life situations. She teaches a “Relationship Smarts” curriculum at community centers, public schools, homeless shelters, and detention centers.


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Dibble Webinars 

Love Lives Are Not Neutral  


Romantic relationships – we often think of them as purely private – yet they also impact our society at large. Join Kay Reed as she covers current trends and resulting outcomes in family formation, child bearing, cohabitation, marriage, and family connections… HERE →  


Register Now 


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Rite Aid Funds for Health and Wellness Programs in Company Communities

The Rite Aid Foundation 


The Rite Aid Foundation is dedicated to helping people in the communities the company serves lead happier, healthier lives. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations focused on the health and wellness of individuals, children and youth, and families in Rite Aid communities in 31 states. The remaining deadlines for 2013 are July 15 and October 15.



Liberty Gives Foundation Grants Promote Services for Colorado Youth


The LibertyGives Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Colorado. The Foundation’s current focus is on supporting causes benefiting underprivileged and at-risk youth in the state, with an emphasis on proactive and preventative services. The application deadline for 2013 is June 28.



Cardinals Charities Programs for Women, Children, and Minorities in Arizona Funded


Cardinals Charities 


Cardinals Charities, the grantmaking program of the Arizona Cardinals, supports programs designed to improve the quality of life and enhance opportunities for children, women, and minorities in the state of Arizona. Grant requests of up to $5,000 are preferred, with priority given to grants that support special programs. The application deadline is July 1, 2013.


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Where is Dibble now?

Come see us!


June 11, 2013  

2nd Annual Regional Fathers and Families Coalition of America Conference  

Chicago, Illinois  

Workshop: Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child  

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


June 12-13, 2013  

Utah Family and Consumer Sciences Conference  

Provo, Utah  


– Managing Conflict through Healthy Communication  

– Who, Me, Worry?

Presenters: Irene Varley and Aaron Larson


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


– What are Your Money Habitudes?

– Things to Know Before You Say Go

Presenter: Nancy Lenk

July 22-24, 2013
 Missouri Association of Career and Technical Conference
Springfield, MO
Workshop:  What Is Your Money Habitude?
Presenter:  Joyce Huff

July 30-August 1, 2013
Family and Consumer Science Educators of Michigan
Frankenmuth, MI
Keynote Speaker:  Kay Reed
Our Love Lives Are Not Neutral: How family connections matter more than you think!

– Connecting Healthy Teen Relationships to Teen Wellness
– Kick Your Classroom and FCCLA Chapter into Gear with Excitement and Energy

Presenter:  Nancy Lenk


August 1-2, 2013  

Oklahoma 46th Annual Career and Technology Summer Conference

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Workshop: Connections – The Inside Scoop  

Presenter: Aaron Larson

August 25-30, 2013

National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education
Anaheim, CA
Workshop:  Parenting through the Eyes of the Child
Presenter: Dixie Zittlow
Workshop: Relationality – The Amazingly Real to Life Research-Based Games about Relationships
Presenter:  Rebecca Brooks


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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 Dibble YouTube favorites 


Check out our favorite videos for teens, instructors, and parents!


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