Healthy Relationship News – March 2012




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Centers for Disease Control CDC’s Strategic Approach to Preventing Intimate Partner Violence  


This document describes a five-year vision for CDC’s work on intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention. The overall strategy in preventing IPV is to promote respectful, nonviolent relationships through individual-, relationship-, community-, and societal-level change.  


(Ed Note: By focusing on primary prevention and a rigorous scientific approach, we hope the CDC includes relationship education as a proven tool to prevent IPV and build respectful, non-violent relationships with young people.)  



Editor’s Note: What follows are four recent articles on family formation, marriage, poverty, and marriage education. When read together, we see a picture of young people who aspire to be in a healthy marriage, yet who often have children prior to making that commitment. And, then liberal commentator Nicholas Kristof makes the connection between single parent families, poverty and the potential of marriage to make a difference.  


Finally, the Huff post blog on the value of youth marriage education elicited many varied responses. Most people who responded were not seeing the connection between the aspirations of young people for strong healthy marriages, poor outcomes for children raised by single parents, and the evidence that the skills marriage education teaches increases confidence in young people that they can get and stay married.   

Christian Science Monitor   Gen-Y is late to the wedding, but wants marriage


Gen-Y is is rewriting modern romance as the path to marriage gets longer but more certain: Young people want more certainty before the wedding.


…This is the first generation to come of age with social media, instant – even constant – Internet and phone connection, and relaxed pressures to marry early. It is responsible for terms like “hooking up” (nonrelationships known to previous generations as one-night stands) and “friends with benefits” (a sexual relationship without emotional involvement).  


While Millennial courtship rituals are distinctly different from those of previous generations, say those who study the scene, survey after survey indicates that Millennials do want to be married, they do want the house in the suburbs and the kids.


Mother and Son  For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage


Motherhood without marriage among younger women across the country is both a symbol of the transforming family and a hint of coming generational change.

New York Times   

The White Underclass 


Published: February 8, 2012 – New York Times 

Persistent poverty is America’s great moral challenge, but it’s far more than that.  

….Then there’s the eclipse of traditional family patterns. Among white American women with only a high school education, 44 percent of births are out of wedlock, up from 6 percent in 1970, according to Murray.  

Liberals sometimes feel that it is narrow-minded to favor traditional marriage. Over time, my reporting on poverty has led me to disagree: Solid marriages have a huge beneficial impact on the lives of the poor (more so than in the lives of the middle class, who have more cushion when things go wrong).  

One study of low-income delinquent young men in Boston found that one of the factors that had the greatest impact in turning them away from crime was marrying women they cared about. As Steven Pinker notes in his recent book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature”: “The idea that young men are civilized by women and marriage may seem as corny as Kansas in August, but it has become a commonplace of modern criminology.”



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Can you teach kids how to be married?


Dibble’s response:  


“Teaching teens to develop healthy romantic relationships has benefits for them both now and, hopefully, in the future. Research is clear that when teens get smart about their love lives (learning communications, conflict resolution, how to pace their relationship, how relationships grow and develop over time, and more) peer to peer violence is reduced, onset of sexual activity is delayed, child abuse among parenting teens is reduced, and other risky youth behaviors are impacted.  


Relationship skills education can help young adults now!! And, schools are the most efficient and reliable way to get this info to teens. These skills are required in the health class frameworks. The new sex ed standards includes healthy relationships. The poor decisions young people make about their love lives, can derail their plans for the future. It makes sense to reach as many young people as we can with research (not religious) based information and skills.


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TOOLS YOU CAN USE Social Marketing | Start Strong Tools for Teens 


Youth today communicate in very different ways than their parents and even their older siblings. Media and technology shape this generation’s perceptions and understanding of social norms more than any other previous generation. Online and mobile communication is an integral part of their lives, and a focal point of their social engagement. These technologies create both risks and opportunities.  


Jaquil and Jalisa are two youth leaders for Start Strong Boston who teach middle schoolers to analyze the lyrics in pop songs and think about relationship health. Listen to the podcast.



National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network Logo Extension Educator’s Family Strengthening Map

How is your state’s Cooperative Extension system involved in relationship and marriage education programming? Click on the green states, on the map, to learn more about these various efforts.  


Click here to locate an Extension professional providing leadership in relationship and marriage education or general family life education in your state.



CDC Logo  Teen Dating Violence – Analysis of state Laws


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in 11 adolescents say they have been the victim of physical dating violence; a separate survey indicated that one in four teens self-report physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse every year. Policymakers can play a role in preventing teen dating violence.  


At least 17 states have laws that urge or require school boards to develop curriculum on teen dating violence. Many states have also adopted teen dating violence awareness weeks or months, in an effort to draw the public’s attention to a national campaign that promotes prevention, safe dating practices and offers information and resources. Check out the map here.


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Money Habitudes  Money Habitudes Listed on Teaching Money Virginia resource list  


Teaching was created in 2011 to help Virginia’s high school teachers find quality resources that they can use in teaching Virginia’s new economics and personal finance course. Check out what they have to say about our Money Habitudes curriculum!





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Love U2 Relationship Smarts PlusSee LOVE U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS on REAL PIC-TV!  


The Personal Involvment Center of Los Angeles produced this online TV segment on Dibble’s program, Love U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS. Check it out!





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Great Nonprofits Share Your Dibble Story!  


If you love our work then tell the world! You have an exciting opportunity to help THE DIBBLE INSTITUTE make even more of a difference in our community.  


GreatNonprofits – a site like Amazon Book Reviews or TripAdvisor – is a website where people can share their stories about nonprofits that have touched their lives. Won’t you help us raise visibility and support for our work by posting a review of your experience with us?


All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Click here: With your help, we can gain greater visibility in the community and help more young people get smart about their love lives.


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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: May 11, 2012  

Deadline: July  10, 2012   


Get more info and apply here  


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William T Grant Foundation Logo  

William T. Grant Foundation Announces Request for Research Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice


Grants of $100,000 to $600,000 are available for multiyear research projects that increase the understanding of how research evidence is acquired, interpreted, and used in policy and practice that affect youth….  


Deadline: April 3, 2012 and August 1, 2012 (Letters of Inquiry)
Posted: March 1, 2012


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Office of Justice Programs Longitudinal Data on Teen Dating Violence: Postdoctoral Fellowship 


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for research related to teen dating violence (a.k.a. adolescent relationship abuse). In particular, NIJ is seeking proposals that explore predictors and consequences of teen dating violence using longitudinal data, through the support of postdoctoral fellows, to analyze existing data.


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Ready Talk

WEBINAR – Grants to Address Teen Pregnancy Among Youth in Foster Care  


March 15, 2012 2PM EST- 3PM EST  


President Obama’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013 targets approximately $13 million that would provide competitive funds for state and local child welfare agencies with strong and innovative plans to reduce pregnancy for youth in foster care. This would include funding the most effective approaches to pregnancy prevention in the foster care population, adapting evidence-based programs to fit the needs of this population, building the evidence base using both abstinence and more comprehensive approaches, and evaluating approaches that are unique to the foster care population such as working with court systems and training foster parents and caseworkers. The use of these funds for teen pregnancy prevention among youth in foster care would help address a critical gap in services for this population.  


There will be opportunities to ask questions during and after the webinar. Please click here to register. 


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Employment and Training Administration

Serving Young Adult Ex-Offenders through Training and Service-Learning,  Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor  


The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the availability of approximately $30 million in grant funds authorized by the Workforce Investment Act for Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Training and Service-Learning grants. Grants can support programs that serve young adult offenders (ages 18 through 21) who have been involved in the juvenile justice system from the age of 14 or above and have never been convicted as an adult under federal or state law. Training provided by programs funded through these grants is expected to lead to credentials recognized by in-demand industries in the grantee’s geographic area to be served. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. ET, April 17, 2012. To download the solicitation, click here.  


(Ed Note: This grant encourages teaching the “soft skills” of communications, team work, problem solving. It also allows for referrals to parenting classes. Relationship educators may want to contact their local workforce development or juvenile justice organizations to see how their expertise can strengthen the grant proposal.)


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Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar


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   

Workshop: Relationship Education: The Missing Link  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier 


April 11-14, 2012

Jackson, WY
Workshop: What’s Your Money Habitude?
Workshop: Things to Know Before You Say Go
Presenter: Joyce Huff

April 19-21,2012  

ACTE Region IV Conference  

Albuquerque, NM  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier  

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?


May 16-17, 2012  

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina 

Greensboro, NC  

Workshop: It’s So Much More Than SEX!  

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


July 20 – 24, 2012  

National Association for Marriage and Relationship Education  

Baltimore, MD  

One Day Pre-conference Training: Prepare, Enrich, Inspire Curriculum  

Trainer: Jessica Pool, author  


Presenter: Jessica Pool  

Workshop: Prepare, Enrich, Inspire for Teens  


Presenter: Dixie Zittlow  

Workshop: The Future’s Family is Today’s Teens  


Presenter: Irene Varley  

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


Presenter: Irene Varley  

Workshop: Things to Know Before You Say Go!  


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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