Healthy Relationship News – November 2011

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Penn State

Promoting Healthy Relationships is a Public Health Priority

Partner abuse leads to HIV infection, and black women are most at risk. A new study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that 46 percent of African-American adolescent girls report physical and sexual abuse and threats as preventing them from having their partner use condoms.

Getting out of an abusive relationship should be considered an HIV prevention strategy, according to Anne M. Teitelman, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, who published the study in the journal “Advances in Nursing Science.” Dr. Teitelman and her co-authors advocate the need for novel strategies to increase condom use among adolescents.

Promoting healthy relationships among youth and preventing partner abuse in adolescent relationships should become a public health priority,” writes Dr. Teitelman. “This is necessary for primary prevention of the intersecting epidemics of partner abuse and HIV/STIs [sexually transmitted infections].”

(Editor’s Note: Research on Dibble’s programs seems to indicate that, across the board, teens report reductions in dating and peer-to-peer violence. Perhaps we need to help young people avoid abuse through comprehensive, asset building, relationship skills training.)

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Reading, Writing, Empathy:

The Rise of ‘Social Emotional Learning’

At a time of contentious debate over how to reform schools to make teachers more effective and students more successful, “social emotional learning” may be a key part of the solution. An outgrowth of the emotional intelligence framework, popularized by Daniel Goleman, SEL teaches children how to identify and manage emotions and interactions. One of the central considerations of an evolved EQ-as proponents call an “emotional quotient”-is promoting empathy, a critical and often neglected quality in our increasingly interconnected, multicultural world.

(Editor’s Note: And with adolescents, what could be more fascinating and important to them than social and emotional learning in the context of their own love lives?)

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Dibble Institute

Winners Named for Dibble Additions Contest

Congratulations to Nicole Nohl of ThinkMarriage in Greenbay WI; Stacey Sbarra of the Family Enrichment Network in Johnson City NY, and Emily Luschen of Frankfurt Germany for their winning entries!

Nicole and Stacy submitted energizing activities and media they use to better teach Relationship Smarts PLUS. Emily submitted a new lesson that uses research to move youth from searching for a soul mate to creating a soul mate. Watch for these winning entries to be posted on our site!

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Dibble Recognized as Champion

We are so thrilled! The National Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science (NATFACS) Awards committee has selected The Dibble Institute as the 2011 recipient of the NATFACS Champion for Family and Consumer Sciences Award.  The award recognizes The Dibble Institute for its extraordinary support and concern for Family and Consumer Science teachers.

The Ohio Association for Teachers of FACS nominated Dibble based on our many years of supporting FACS teachers and students around the country and for our advocacy work on behalf of FACS. Thank you!

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money habitudes

Wanted: Money Habitudes Reviewer

The Stockton Center for Economic and Financial Literacy maintains a website of financial literacy classroom resources that are submitted by and for teachers in the field.

They are encouraging us to find an instructor who has taught our Money Habitudes curriculum to complete a review. For more information, please email Much appreciated!

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What's Your Relationship Reality?

What’s Your Relationship Reality?

Teens face a ton of issues every day, and dating and relationships are two of the biggest ones. In fact, by the age of 18, more than 80% of teens have been in a romantic relationship. There’s a lot that goes into having a relationship, keeping a relationship, and if necessary, ending a relationship, so The National Campaign gathered a group of teens and asked them what they think about relationships, love, and sex. Every Friday for the next four weeks, a new video will be posted on Tune in to hear what they have to say about Facebook and texting, breaking up, why some teens get into unhealthy relationships, and more. Feel free to share these videos with your students!

Watch the videos that have been posted so far (and read blog entries from the teens featured in the videos):

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PREPARE-ENRICH-INSPIRE – 10 lessons based on 30 years of research

Take a look at our newest curriculum: PREPARE-ENRICH-INSPIRE (PEI), a course on the essentials of successful relationships — based on 30 years of independent research by the PREPARE/ENRICH adult assessment program.

In ten lessons, PEI provides a teen-friendly, experiential introduction to such fundamentals as self-awareness, dating, love, communication, decision-making and much more.

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Help The Dibble Institute Get More “Likes” on FB!

The Dibble Institute brings you updates, links, and news about relationship education and other related topics via Facebook. Spread the word to your networks and friends!

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Funding Streams for Relationship Education

Safe Schools Healthy Students Safe Schools Healthy Students

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) initiative encourages schools and communities to work in partnership to create safe and healthy school environments in which youth can learn and develop. School districts partner with law enforcement officials, local mental health authorities, and juvenile justice officials to provide students, schools, and communities the benefit of enhanced, comprehensive services that can promote healthy childhood development and prevent violence and alcohol and other drug use. SS/HS grantees are funded through a federal partnership among the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services. For a complete list of the 100 districts, to see how you could help.

Safe and Supportive Schools

Safe and Supportive Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $38.8 million in Safe and Supportive School (SSS) grants to 11 states (Arizona, California, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) to measure school safety at the building level and to provide federal funds for interventions in those schools with the greatest needs. The ultimate goal of the grants is to create and support safe and drug-free learning environments, and increase academic success for students in these high-risk schools.

To address factors that impact conditions for learning – bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse – grantees are in the process of implementing programs and/or developing initiatives to collect and use data to make changes to improve student outcomes. If you are in one of the 11 states, click here for your state contact. Call and see how you can be of assistance!

Find your own donor!

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!

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Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar

November 18-20, 2011

FCCLA Atlanta Cluster Meeting

Atlanta, GA

Exhibitor: Nancy Lenk

December 6, 2011Michigan Jump$tart Teacher ConferenceDetroit, MIExhibitor: Irene Varley

January 31 – February 1, 2012

YouthBuild USA 2012 National Directors Conference

Arlington, VA

Exhibitors: Irene Varley & Janet Pozmantier

February 20-24, 2012Annual National Fatherhood and Families ConferenceLos Angeles, CAReach Teens, Teach TeensPresenter: Kay Reed

March 29-31, 2012

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

San Francisco, CA

Exhibitor: Kay Reed

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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Tour the Dibble Website!

Dibble Heart

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.


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