Healthy Relationship News – March 2015





Understanding Teen Dating Relationships
through Concept Mapping:
Comparing Youth and Adult Perspectives



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Miriam Grossman

Fifty Shades of Gray – Discussion Guide for parents

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist I’m in a unique position. Young people walk in my office, sit down, and open their hearts. Soon their secrets spill out: I was drugged and raped. I’m sleeping with my best friend’s fiancee. My girlfriend had an abortion. I want to die.

I’ve spent the past thirty years of my professional life listening to these, and many other tales, so I have some expertise about the lives of teens and young adults. Their number one problem? Romance. Read more….


National Institute of Justice LogoUnderstanding Teen Dating Violence

In this interview, Dr. Peggy Giordano of Bowling Green State University describes her research on teen dating violence and how it changes over time. Dr. Giordana conducted a longitudinal study following 1,200 youth from age 13 into young adulthood and found conflict in key areas of a relationship can increase the risk of violence. Learn more.


Teens Text SexTeens Text Sex

If you’re looking for a new resource for teens (and parents) about sex, love, and relationships, check out Teens Text Sex by Rebecca Griesse and Jacqueline Corcoran. Teens Text Sex features questions and answers from the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy’s (ACAP) teen text message line.

Questions and answers focus on several different topics areas including decision making, preventing pregnancy, birth control, STIs, relationships, and sex. Teens Text Sex is available on

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Modern LoveTo Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

More than 20 years ago, the psychologist Arthur Aron succeeded in making two strangers fall in love in his laboratory. Last summer, I applied his technique in my own life, which is how I found myself standing on a bridge at midnight, staring into a man’s eyes for exactly four minutes.

Try the 36 Questions on the Way to Love

The article above refers to a study that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The idea is that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness.

Now you can try it out using the free New York Times mobile app, designed in consultation with Arthur Aron, the lead author of the study. Visit on your phone or tablet to get started. You’ll want a partner (friend, lover or stranger) and about 50 minutes.


NEFE - National Endowment for Financial Education

Financial Behavior, Debt, and Early Life Transitions

Young adults—specifically the oldest Millennials born around 1982—face distinctive challenges and financial concerns as they come of age, enter employment, and form families. With typically modest incomes and minimal wealth, young adults often must take on debt to finance investments in the future. This debt has a dual nature: It can be both an accelerator and a deterrent to major life transitions and milestones.


UCLAAre College Students Partying Less?

A nationwide report found that today’s students are spending less time partying than those in years past, though they’re interacting more through online social networks like Facebook. By surveying more than 150,000 freshmen at 227 four-year colleges in the U.S., researchers found that, over the past quarter-century, self-reported rates of time spent socializing in person with others have essentially flipped.

(Ed. Note: As stated above, much of the social and romantic activity of young adults’ lives is played out both in good ways and not so good ways online and in social media. Check out a Dibble online lesson that builds critical social media literacy and encourages youth to develop standards and personal policies for their engagement with this technology.)


National Public RadioApps Can Speed The Search For Love, But Nothing Beats A Real Date

Trying to find a date on Tinder feels a bit like playing a video game. You quickly browse through photos on your phone. If he’s cute swipe right, and the app will let you know if he likes you back. If he’s posing with a fancy car or a baby tiger, make a gagging sound and swipe left.

Log into OkCupid, and the suitors are purportedly better curated. The app has you answer hundreds of hard-hitting questions like, “How often do you brush your teeth?” and, “Do you like scary movies?” The app then matches you with potential dates who supposedly share interests and values.

But as I burn hours with dating apps, it’s hard not to wonder if this is really any better than meeting people the old-fashioned way?

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Love Notes 2.0 CoverFirst ever! Love Notes Training Institute – open to the public

Dibble is pleased to announce, in partnership with the National Fatherhood Initiative, a 2-day training in its acclaimed Love Notes program on March 9 and 10 in Germantown, MD.

The training will help you and your staff implement the program confidently, consistently, and effectively.

For more details and registration, click here. Seats are limited.

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March 11

Second Wednesday Webinars

Understanding Teen Dating Relationships:
Comparing Youth and Adult Perspectives

Adolescent dating violence has surfaced as a significant public health issue. In response to this disturbing trend the US Department of Justice contracted with Concept Systems to conduct a study and directly engage teens and young adults to better understand how youth conceptualize teen dating and teen dating violence.

The results of their study will be discussed as well as recommendations for next steps for researchers and youth educators. You can read the study by clicking here.


Alyssa Goldman M.S.W., L.M.S.W., Concept Systems, Ithaca, NY

Jessica Goza M.S., Concept Systems, Ithaca, NY

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2014
, 4:00 pm Eastern/
1:00 pm Pacific. Due to a scheduling conflict part of this webinar has been pre-recorded.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Register Now!

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Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)Basic Center Program 2015

The Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth, and Families’ (ACYF), Family, and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will award funding for the Basic Center Program (BCP). The purpose of the BCP is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. The BCP works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Deadline: 4/10/2015

(Ed. Note: Current Basic Center grantees are successfully using Dibble relationship education materials to aid in family reunification and life skills. Read their Case Studies here.)

Support for Youth Programs in CO, IN, LA, and TN

Pey Back FoundationPeyBack Foundation

The PeyBack Foundation is dedicated to promoting the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk (ages 6-18). The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the states of Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Priority is given to programs addressing the following categories: Leadership and Life Skills, Mentoring, After-School/Summer Programming, and Healthy Living. Grants may range up to $15,000, although most grants funded are in the $10,000 range. The application deadline is February 10, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application form.

Support for Programs Serving Company Communities

Georgia PacificGeorgia-Pacific Foundation

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation supports a wide range of nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in communities where Georgia-Pacific operates, and where company employees live and work. The Foundation has identified the following key investment areas: education, including job readiness and literacy; community enrichment, including affordable housing, cultural, youth, and safety programs; environment, including resource conservation, environmental education, and clean air/clean water; and entrepreneurship, especially among youth, women, and minorities. Grant applications must be submitted in writing via mail between January 1 and October 31, annually. Early submission is encouraged. Visit the company’s website to take the required online eligibility survey.


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