Healthy Relationship News – June 2012




Funding Streams 

Where is Dibble Now?


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   The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage   

Caring, Romantic American Boys  


Boys are behaving more “like girls” in terms of when they lose their virginity. In contrast to longstanding cultural tropes, Amy Schalet argues that teenage boys are becoming more careful and more romantic about their first sexual experiences.



Journalist's Resource

 Adverse Adolescent Relationship Histories and Health 


This study provides evidence that multiple types of adverse relationship experiences, encountered during the adolescent years, are associated

with worse self-reported mental and general health in adulthood, controlling for baseline health status, demographic covariates, and health behaviors. Results varied by outcome of interest: although relationship transitions and loss were related to general health but not depressive symptoms, loneliness predicted depression but not general health.   



   The Atlantic  

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?


Social media-from Facebook to Twitter-have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)-and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society.  


(Editor’s Note: A real wake up call for the need to teach young people how to relate in person!)  



Freeze Frame 2012New Research on Teens Now Available 


Freeze Frame 2012: A Snapshot of American Teens from the National Campaign provides insights into teens’ attitudes and behavior regarding sex and related measures, peer and family relationships, school, community, and media.  







   Slate Magazine  

Why Are Teen Moms Poor?

 Surprising new research shows it’s not because they have babies. They have babies because they’re poor.  


According to an article in Slate, by Matthew Yglesias, the problem of teen/single/unwed motherhood is one of the relatively few issues liberals and conservatives seem to be able to agree on these days. The right is more likely to pitch the issue in terms of marital status (“single moms”) and the left in terms of simple age (“teen moms”), but both sides reach the same basic conclusion. Raising a child is difficult. Raising a child without help from a partner is very difficult. Doing it at an early age is going to substantially disrupt one’s educational or economic life at a critical moment, with potentially devastating consequences for one’s lifetime. Therefore, preventing early nonmarital pregnancies (whether through liberal doses of contraception and sex education, or the conservative prescription of abstinence cheerleading) would seem universally desirable.  


But perhaps we’re approaching the problem from the wrong direction, according to Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine in a new paper “Why is the Teen Birth Rate in the United States So High and Why Does It Matter?” published in the spring issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. They conclude that “being on a low economic trajectory in life leads many teenage girls to have children while they are young and unmarried and that poor outcomes seen later in life (relative to teens who do not have children) are simply the continuation of the original low economic trajectory.” In other words, it is a mistake to the leap from the observation that women who gave birth as teenagers are poor to the view that they’re poor because they gave birth.


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News You Can Use 


 Texas Health and Human Services 

New texting line for relationship and pregnancy questions 


The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department’s Austin Healthy Adolescent Initiative has developed text messaging lines for parents and teens to help prevent teen pregnancy and promote healthy relationships.  


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Middle School Confidential Middle School Confidential™ App


Middle school social drama can flare up without warning and turn a tween’s world upside down. At times like this, students may wonder, “Who are my real friends?” Based on the second book in the award-winning Middle School Confidential™ series, Real Friends vs. the Other Kind follows Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle from the first app as they forge friendships and navigate tough social situations. They run into relationship issues such as making friends, resolving disputes, and dealing with gossip, exclusion, and cyberbullying.  


Written by teen expert and anti-bullying activist Annie Fox this graphic novel app enables readers to zoom right into the story world. The app puts decision-making power into the hands of readers, with interactive quizzes that test what a real friend would do in a given situation. As a bonus for parents and teachers, this app puts thought-provoking storytelling and solutions into the hands of teens who deal with tricky friendship issues every day. It will challenge teens to think about their friendships in new ways and encourage them to stand up for themselves and be more empathetic.


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Relationality Relationality™ Quick Start Guide  


The Relationality™ board game is an informative, research based and engaging way to teach teens about relationships. Through role-playing and realistic scenarios, teens experience the dynamics of decision-making in many areas of their lives.  


For those who have already purchased the game, take a look at our online Quick Start Guide that allows you to introduce the game with minimal preparation!


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Dibble Updates

 PREPARE-ENRICH-INSPIRETake what you love about PREPARE-ENRICH-INSPIRE and teach it to young people 


Register NOW for a full day Prepare-Enrich-Inspire training on Sunday, July 22, Baltimore, MD! This is an exclusive opportunity to learn from co-author Jessica Pool about content and session layout of PREPARE-ENRICH-INSPIRE for Teens, as well as to experience many of the fun and varied activities. PREPARE-ENRICH-INSPIRE for Teens will be available for purchase at a discounted rate for those attending this training.


Visit the National Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME) web-site to register.


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  Things to Know Before You Say   

Things  to Know Before You Say “Go” Named Winner!


Things to Know Before You Say “Go” has been selected as the winner in the 2012 AEP Awards’ Supplemental Resources category of Life Skills and Character Education.


TAEP Winner - 2012he award letter reads: “Congratulations again for being named the winner in AEP’s Awards program – this great honor signifies your dedication to creating the highest quality materials to students and teachers around the world.”  


Runners up in the Life Skills and Character Education category were Girl Scouts of the USA and Youth Communications. Read more.


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Funding Streams for Relationship Education Street Outreach Program – Deadline for applications: August 6, 2012  


The Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program. The Street Outreach Program funds organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and ultimately help them leave the streets.  


The skills taught and capacities developed in the grant’s focus areas support children, youth and families as challenges, risks and opportunities arise. In particular, each domain impacts the capacity of children, youth and families to establish and maintain positive relationships with caring adults and supportive peers. The necessity of these relationships to social and emotional well-being and lifelong success in school, community, and at home cannot be overstated and should be central to all interventions with vulnerable children, youth and families.


Read the funding opportunity announcement.  


HHS.govPersonal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants


The Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for the development and implementation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) from eligible applicants in Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands and Palau.  


The purpose of this program is to support projects that educate youth, between the ages of 10 and 19, and pregnant and parenting youth, under age 21, on abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS. Successful applicants will also provide programming on at least three of six adulthood preparation subjects: healthy relationships,adolescent development, financial literacy, parent-child communication, educational and career success, and healthy life skills.  


Dibble Institute programs incorporate all PREP adult preparation subjects, making it easy to strengthen your proposal by uniquely addressing the grant requirements with evidence-based materials both teens and facilitators love!  


The deadline to apply is August 6, 2012. Please contact Kay Reed at for additional information or click here TO READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT. Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program


The Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau will be accepting applications for the implementation of the Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) Program. Grantees under this program will be expected to develop a targeted and medically-accurate approach to reducing teen pregnancies through abstinence education. Abstinence education programming is one intervention in a continuum of services that seeks to prevent teen pregnancy. The purpose of the CAE program is to provide funding for additional tools to address the rates of teen pregnancy among adolescent youth who are at greatest risk of STDs/STIs and most likely to bear children out of wedlock. Program plans will focus on the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by delaying initiation of sexual activity and engaging in healthy relationships.  


Applicants are encouraged to use materials that are based on a sound theoretical framework, include at least 14 hours of instruction, encourage and foster peer support of delayed sexual activity, provide instructor training and support, and involve multiple experts in curriculum development. All activities must be consistent with the definition of abstinence as defined by Section 510(b)(2) of the Social Security Act and welcoming to GLBTQ youth.  


Several Dibble curricula meet the criteria stated above and have been used successfully to help young people build healthy relationships and delay sexual activity. We are ready to assist applicants in writing a strong grant proposal. For more information, please email For a complete list of eligible entities and more information about the funding, please read the funding announcement



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Where is Dibble now?

A peek at the Dibble calendar.


June 26-29, 2012      

2012 National Pathways To Adulthood         

New Orleans, LA

Workshop: Can’t Buy Me Love!

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


July 15-18, 2012        

Kentucky Annual Career and Technical Education Summer Program 

Louisville, KY

Workshop: What Is your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Irene Varley


July 20-24, 2012

National Association for Marriage and Relationship Education

Baltimore, MD


Training (one-day preconference training)

Prepare-Enrich-Inspire Curriculum

Trainer: Jessica Pool, M.S., author



Prepare-Enrich-Inspire for Teens

Presenter: Jessica Pool


The Future’s Families are Today’s Teens

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


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

Presenter: Irene Varley


Things to Know Before You Say “Go”!

Presenter: Irene Varley


July 23-27, 2012

 Missouri ACTE/FCE Conference 

Springfield, MO

Workshop: Prepare students for “The Relationship”not just “The Wedding” – using a Data Driven approach

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


July 30 – August 2, 2012      

Virginia Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference 

Charlottesville, VA

Workshop: Curricula overview

Presenter: Joyce Huff


July 30 – August 3, 2012

Texas Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Development 

Dallas, Texas

Workshop: Prepare-Enrich-Inspire Teens into Their Futures

Presenter: Jessica Pool and Janet Pozmantier


August 1-3, 2012      

Virginia Marketing Educators Conference 

Virginia Beach, VA     

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Joyce Huff


August 2-3, 2012

 Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference  

Oklahoma City, OK

Workshop: Connections: Relationships and Marriage

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


August 5-7, 2012         

Wisconsin Family and Consumer Sciences Educators’ Conference 

Madison, WI

Workshop: What Is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


August 7-9, 2012

Ohio Association of Teachers of Family And Consumer Sciences Conference 

Columbus, OH

Workshops: What is Your Money Habitude?

                   Things to Know Before You Say “Go”

Presenter: Irene Varley


September 24-28, 2012

National Extension Association Family and Consumer Science Conference 

Columbus, OH

Workshop: The Money Habitudes Card Game for Teens

Presenter: Irene Varley

October 10-13, 2012

American School Health Association 

San Antonio, TX

Symposium: Connecting Healthy Teen Relationships to Long-term Wellness

Presenter: Jennifer Kerpelman, Ph.D. , Irene Varley


October 30 – November 1, 2012

National Council on Family Relations: Families and Health 

Phoenix, AZ

Workshop: What’s New in Relationship Education for Teens and Young Adults? Health Risk Prevention

Presenters: Jennifer Kerpelman, Ph.D., Becky Antle, Ph.D., Frank Fincham, Ph.D., and Kay Reed



Would you like a Dibble presentation 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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