Healthy Relationship News – March 2014

Healthy Relationship News – February 2014

  • High Aspirations Among the New Majority Minority
  • Love, Actually: Teaching Generation Y the Basics of a Strong Relationship
  • Young And In Love? Thank Mom And Dad, At Least A Little
  • Candy and flowers: Romance alive and well among young couples


  • Learn more about Dibble! Giving Library Premier
  • Celebrate Spring with The Art of Loving Well


  • Dating Safety Tip Sheet for Parents
  • Healthy Relationship Website for Girls
  • InBrief: The Science of Neglect
  • Money Habitudes® Logic Model

   Strengthen Your PREP Adult Preparation Topics Using Evidence Based, Adaptable Materials



High Aspirations Among the New Majority Minority

Despite steep declines, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reports that nearly half of African-American teen girls (45%) and 40% of Latinas get pregnant at least once before age 20—more than one and a half times the national average.

Data presented in this Survey Says are from the Inner City Truth 3 (ICT3) Report, based on a survey conducted by MEE Productions Inc. Read the full survey here.

Note: Of most interest to readers of this newsletter is the statistic
shown above – most young people, aspire to marriage, but often lack
confidence and skills.

Love, Actually
Teaching Generation Y the Basics of a Strong Relationship

two students talking in a dining hall at the university where I teach.
“Yeah, I might get married, too,” one confided. “But not until I’m at
least 30 and have a career.” Then she grinned. “Until then? I’m going to
party it up.”

This young woman was practically following a
script. An increasing number of studies show that many millennials want
to marry — someday.

Generation Y is postponing marriage until, on
average, age 29 for men and 27 for women. College-educated millennials
in particular view it as a “capstone” to their lives rather than as a
“cornerstone,” according to a report whose sponsors include the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

for all of their future designs on marriage, many of them may not get
there. Their romance operandi — hooking up and hanging out — flouts the
golden rule of what makes marriages and love work: emotional

Young And In Love?
Thank Mom And Dad, At Least A Little

Teenagers’ relationships with their parents have a small but measurable impact on their romantic relationships up to 15 years later, according to researchers at the University of Alberta. People who had a tumultuous relationship with their mom and dad in their teens were more likely to face heartache down the road. And those who felt close to their parents during adolescence tended to feel more emotionally and physically satisfied in their adult romantic relationships.

The researchers drew their conclusions from data in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. This study followed 3,000 Americans from middle and high school up until they were in their early 30s. The findings were published in the February issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family. (NPR, 2/10/2014)

Candy and Flowers…
Romance alive and well among young couples

Don’t let the naysayers wilt the Valentine’s Day flowers: Most young men and women in long-term relationships say they are very satisfied — and very much in love — with each other.
In a world dominated by news of hookups and breakups, these results offer a pleasant surprise, said sociologists Elizabeth Wildsmith and Jennifer Manlove, who recently published their findings in a brief for Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center.

Young couples gave high marks to their relationships regardless of whether they were married, cohabiting or dating, the researchers said. “That’s very encouraging,” Ms. Wildsmith said.

The data come from a unique source — roughly 1,500 heterosexual couples, ages 18 to 26, who were part of the “Romantic Pairs” subgroup in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (ADD Health), which has followed the same massive group of youths since high school.


Our Giving Library Video Premiere!

The Dibble Institute is delighted to premiere a new video from The Giving Library!

The Giving Library, a project of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, helps donors give wisely. Dibble is pleased to have been selected for The Giving Library website. We are grateful to all at the Foundation for the gift of such a wonderful video.

To watch Executive Director, Kay Reed, discussing the importance and effectiveness of relationship skills education for teens and young adults around the country, click here.

And, please join us in our mission with a donation!

Celebrate Spring with The Art of Loving Well

It’s easier than ever to engage young people in learning to love well. To celebrate Spring, we will include one free copy of the acclaimed anthology Art of Loving Well with every order over $100. Just try to put it down!


Dating Safety Tip Sheet for Parents

Just in time for Spring! From our friends at Child Builders, Houston, a tip sheet to share with parents based on Relationship Smarts PLUS.

Healthy Relationship Website for Girls

“The relationships you have as a teen are a very special and important part of your life. That’s why a fight with a close friend can hurt so much. It’s also why it can be so frustrating when the people who should know you best — like your family — don’t seem to understand you. This section of can give you skills for building strong and healthy relationships of all types.”

InBrief: The Science of Neglect

Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect—the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—can cause more harm to a young child’s development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. This edition of the InBrief series explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.

Ed Note: Great resource for Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships brain lesson and for Relationship Smarts Plus/Love Notes parenting lessons.

Money Habitudes Logic Model

Are you including Money Habitudes 2 in a grant? Here is a new logic model (opens in Excel). Add your own program details to the template!


Strengthen Your PREP Adult Preparation Topics Using Proven, Adaptable Materials
Now that you have figured out how to deliver excellent, evidence
based pregnancy prevention instruction, how about your adult preparation
Join PREP Pregnancy Prevention Grant sub-awardees to learn how they
are using Dibble evidence based materials to successfully teach the
Adult Preparation topics.
Learn how to:

  • select the program that best engages your audience and
  • adapt the material to meet your needs for time and topic.
Presenters include:
Ted Futris, Ph.D. University of Georgia and Felicia Tuggle, Georgia PREP
Jeanette Stephens, Center for Self Sufficiency, Milwaukie,
Lisa Smith, Teen Mom/Teen Health ClinicUniversity of Utah Adolescent Services
Robyn McLymont Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Manager, OIC of South Florida
When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
, 4:00 pm Eastern/
1:00 pm Pacific
Duration: 60 minutes 
Cost: Free!

Pregnancy Prevention Research and Demonstration

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health, has announced the availability of funds for teenage pregnancy research and demonstration projects. A two year grant, for up to $890,000 per year, will be funded. Letters of intent are due March 21st, and applications on April 24th.

The purpose of this announcement is to work with communities with high teen pregnancy rates to develop innovative strategies for preventing teen pregnancy in populations/areas with demonstrated need. These could include high-risk, vulnerable, and culturally under-represented youth populations, and/or youth residing in areas with high birth or teen pregnancy rates. The successful applicant is expected to bring together a team in each selected community made up of representatives from various sectors to develop a strategy or prevention framework to address teen pregnancy prevention in their individual community.

Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence
Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women

The purpose of the National Institute of Justice grants program is to encourage and support research, development, and evaluation to improve criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks applications for funding of research and evaluation related to violence against women in the areas of teen dating violence, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence. Research proposed may be focused at the state, local, tribal, federal, juvenile justice policy and/or practice level.
Deadline: 4/25/2014

Support for Child Health and Education Initiatives in California and Washington
Stuart Foundation

The Stuart Foundation is dedicated to transforming the public education and child welfare systems in California and Washington so that all youth can learn and achieve in school and life. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that address the following priorities: The Education Systems category invests in coordinated programs, partnerships, and research and policy analysis that help students to learn and achieve in school by developing effective education systems.

The Vulnerable Youth in Child Welfare category partners with child welfare agencies to help children and youth in foster care to realize positive outcomes in the following focus areas: safety, permanency, well being, education opportunities, and youth, family and community engagement. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Foundation’s funding priorities.

Innovative Youth Programs
Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation

Innovative programs or services are defined as “uncommon, untested or otherwise unconventional.” In other words, RMYF funds programs or services that are outside of current customary practices. We support programs or services that are designed to help underprivileged youth reach their full potential.

The foundation awards grants of $25,000 to untested youth programs that lead to breakthrough results in supporting underprivileged youth in the greater metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Madison, WI, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Pre-applications are due April 30, and invited applications will be due August 30.

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