Healthy Relationship News – May 2011


Tour the Dibble Website!


Welcome to the many new educators, Extension agents, and clinicians who have recently joined our Dibble community!

Please take a quick tour of our new website. You’ll find:

  • FREE sample lessons and movie guides to help young people get smart about their love lives.
  • Evaluations that show how youth relationship education programs effectively address some of the most pressing social problems we face.
  • Links that we at The Dibble Institute think are good resources for teens, parents, and instructors.




Happy Parents mean Happy (and Successful!) Kids and FamiliesHappy Parents, Happy Families 

Across the board, parents’ relationship quality – regardless of marital status, racial or ethnic background or income level – is positively associated with a range of child and family outcomes such as behavior problems, social competence, school engagement, and parent-child communication. Read the details on Child Trends’ findings from a survey of over 64,000 parents.   

Editor’s Note: The charts in this report indicate that in nearly all cases the children of married biological or adoptive parents do the best by their kids, even among those who report very high levels of adult relationship quality in the home.


The explanation???Stepfamilies and especially cohabiting parents are far more likely to break up than the married bio or adoptive parents.  Other studies that follow kids over time reveal increased negative outcomes for those who experience multiple family transitions, such as the break up of their stepfamily or their parents’ cohabiting union. (Thanks to the National Human Services Assembly and Elizabeth Marquardt!)




Love Notes is part of Re-entry Program Success

Impact Community Action

The Dibble program, Love Notes, is helping re-entering offenders learn the skills needed to strengthen their families, restore safety to the streets, and rebuild a civil society in Columbus, OH.

These are some of the statements about the IMPACT Re-Entry Workforce Readiness class:  

  • “No one told or taught me how to love, just how to have sex”.
  • “I learned the effect our choices have on our children, so choose your mate wisely.”
  • “I must be healthy myself before I can be in a healthy relationship”.


My Paper Boyfriend Wins Gold Addy Award   

My Paper Boyfriend


My Paper Boyfriend, a very cool online relationship skills game for teen girls (created by The National Campaign through a partnership with The Dibble Institute) has won both a local Gold Addy in Jacksonville, FL and another Gold in its regional competition (Florida and the Caribbean)! It now goes on to the Nationals!


The ADDY Awards are the world’s largest advertising competition with over 50,000 entries annually.




Family and Youth Services BureauTeen Pregnancy Prevention
State PREP
Adult Preparation Subjects Resource Guide

On March 23, 2010 the President signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This Act amended Title V of the Social Security Act to include a new State formula grant program, the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). PREP funds are to be used to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and at least three adulthood preparation subjects.  

These adult preparation subjects are:

  1. Adolescent Development
  2. Educational and Career Success
  3. Financial Literacy
  4. Healthy Life Skills
  5. Healthy Relationships
  6. Parent-Child Communication

The Resource Guide  provides information regarding these six adulthood preparation subjects and is intended to serve as a resource to States as PREP programs are implemented. Each adult preparation subject section may be considered stand-alone guidance, though the topics overlap in many ways. This information is necessarily limited in scope; the Resource Guide does not exhaust every sub-topic related to the broad concept of adult preparation.  

(Editor’s Note: The Dibble Institute is listed as a resource for Building Healthy Relationships on Page 17!)




Conferences of Note with Open-to-the-Public Trainings  Kansas Family Stregthening Summit  

Kansas Family Strengthening Summit 

“Day to Day…Generation to Generation”  

This exciting and action-oriented Summit brings together a powerful and dedicated group of national, regional and local healthy family-systems professionals, experts, policy makers and practitioners for focused dialogue with community and business leaders.  Our aim is to share the latest research on the social and economic impact of healthy relationships, current evidence-based practices to strengthen families, and most importantly, to stimulate community collaboration for state and local action in Kansas.  


Executive Director, Kay Reed, will be leading the Youth and Adolescence Track with an opening plenary, workshop, and participant visioning.  

On June 9 and 10, Joyce Huff, MS, CFCS, Director of Outreach for The Dibble Institute, will conduct an

open-to-the public training on Relationship Smarts PLUS for the amazingly affordable price of $75.


To register email Diane Longfellow 


National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education

National Healthy Marriage…Healthy Families Conference


The National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME) is proud to present the 2011 “Healthy Marriages…Healthy Families” Conference.  Join us for exciting training and workshops at the Hilton Americas-Houston in Houston, Texas.  

Register for the open-to-the-public training institute on Relationship Smarts PLUS! (Monday, June 27th)


Impact of Father Absence on Adolescent Romantic Relationship IdealsThe Impact of Father Absence on Adolescent Romantic Relationship Ideals 

A study, from Georgetown University, examined the association between the duration of father absence and adolescents‘ romantic relationship ideals of commitment, sex, and pregnancy within a romantic relationship.  

Findings based on data from Wave I of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N=18,849) showed that adolescents whose fathers were always absent had different romantic relationship ideals than those whose fathers were never absent: they desired a lower level of commitment to their partner and wanted to engage in riskier behaviors, such as sex and pregnancy, outside a committed relationship.  

Moreover, boys were more impacted by father absence than girls with regards to their desires for commitment and sexual activity, while girls wanted less commitment within a relationship overall than boys. These findings suggest that earlier interventions with youth, before adolescents initiate risky sexual behaviors, and interventions that target romantic ideals rather than sexual behavior may more successfully prevent risky sexual behavior.



Funding Streams for Relationship Education     

 Anti-Violence Programs for Youth Funded     


United Methodist Church: A Brighter Future for Children and Youth 

A Brighter Future for Children and Youth, an initiative of the United Methodist Church, supports nonprofit organizations nationwide that address the needs of children and young people age 5 to 18 in the areas of violence prevention, anti-abuse, and relationship abuse. Grants of up to $4,000 are provided to small-scale, community, and church-based programs. Priority is given to programs that have significant involvement of women and youth at the grassroots level. Funded programs should demonstrate the ability to raise additional funds from other sources. Grant requests must be submitted by July 1, 2011. Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the United Methodist Church website. 


(Editor’s Note: One way to a brighter, non-abusive future is by learning healthy relationship skills!)


2011 Excellence in Economic Education Funding Opportunities 

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is pleased to announce a new round of funding for projects during 2011-12, and is soliciting applications from qualified organizations. The application deadline is June 10, 2011. The goal of the grant is to promote economic and financial literacy among all K-12 students.


Apply Online 

(Editor’s Note: Money Habitudes for Teens would be a good fit here!)  


Marriage/Relationship and Fatherhood Funding Announced


The Department of Health and Human Services has announced their plan to competitively award cooperative agreements with organizations for demonstration projects that support healthy relationships and marriage as well as responsible fatherhood. Requests for proposals will be available in mid-June. Completed proposals are due mid-August. Decisions will be made by end of September.


Below are four of the seven grants most relevant to youth relationship education (the fatherhood grants will most likely allow relationship skill building with teen fathers). Sign up on each web page to receive updates as they are announced.


Field-Initiated Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants 

Community-Centered Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants 

Field-Initiated Responsible Fatherhood Grants 

Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Grants 


Please consider The Dibble Institute part of your team with proven, research based curricula, training, and technical assistance. Stay tuned to our website. We will post more information on these grants as we receive it. If you would like a personal consultation, please contact us at .


Donors Choose, an online charity, connects donors to classrooms in need. They are inviting “front-line educators” in public schools to identify the needs of the students they serve. Front-line educators are teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, and school nurses who work full time and deal directly with students. If you are a front-line educator, you can submit the project you would like funded on their website and have donors from around the country help your classroom out. Great resource!



Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar

June 4 – 7, 2011 

Wyoming Family and Consumer Science Conference

Laramie, Wyoming


· Prepare, Enrich, Inspire for Teens

· Money Habitudes for Teens

· Things to Know Before You Go

· What’s Reel

Trainer: Nancy Lenk


June 7-10, 2011

Kansas Healthy Relationships Summit

Wichita, KS

Plenary:  Love Lives Are Not Neutral

Speaker: Kay Reed

Training: Relationship Smarts PLUS

Trainer: Joyce Huff


June 15-16, 2011

UT Family and Consumer Science Conference

Provo, UT

Workshop: The Teen Brain: The Heart of the “Matter”    

Presenters: Nancy Lenk


June 23-24, 2011

AAFCS National Conference

Las Vegas, NV

Workshop: Curricula Showcase

Presenter: Joyce Huff


June 28-30, 2011

National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education Conference

Houston, TX


· Teen Relationship Curricula Showcase

· The Missing Link – the research behind relationship skills training

· Fundraising 101

Presenter: Kay Reed/Irene Varley 


June 30- July 2, 2011

Stop Girl Bullying

Las Vegas, NV

Workshop: The Missing Link: Relationship Education

Presenter: Joyce Huff


July 11, 2011

Tennessee Career and Technical Education Conference

Murfreesboro, TN

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


July 17-20, 2011 

Texas Career Education Conference 

Dallas, TX

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Irene Varley


July 21, 2011

Jump$tart Financial Literacy Conference

Ankeny, IA

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Syble Solomon

July 25-28, 2011

Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education Conference

Workshop: Roundtable Presentation: New Dibble Curricula

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


July 26-28, 2011

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education Conference

Columbus, OH

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Irene Varley


August 1-5, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association of Texas Conference

Dallas, TX

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


August 1, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association of Virginia Conference

Roanoke, VA


· What is Your Money Habitude? 

· Strategies for Teaching Relationship Education

Presenter: Joyce Huff


August 5, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Educators of Michigan Conference

Frankenmuth, MI

Plenary: Staying In the Game – Reclaiming the Relevance of Family and Consumer Science


· The Missing Link – Relationship Skills Education

· Relationship Curricula Showcase

Presenter: Kay Reed


August 9-10, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Educators of Wisconsin Conference

Green Bay, WI

Workshop: Drawing the Line of Respect

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow