Healthy Relationship News – November 2013







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Journal of Adolescent Health

The Data on Teen Dating

Study Finds Trouble for Kids Who Date at an Earlier Age


Boys and girls who start dating at a young age are disrupting the typical pattern of teenage romantic development and may have more school and behavioral problems than their peers, suggests a Canadian study to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Adolescence.  


Entering into intimate relationships too early can leave teens ill-prepared to handle typical problems couples face and without the support of peers at the same stage of romantic development, researchers said. These experiences can increase the risk of unsafe sexual activity, alcohol use and delinquent behaviors, the study says. Late-starting daters, while also out of step with peers, appeared to have no apparent social or emotional difficulties.




Almost 1 in 10 high school and college-aged people have forced someone into sexual activity against his or her will, a study finds. The majority of those who have done it think that the victim is at least partly to blame.  


The results come from a multi-year funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was designed to look for the roots of adult sexual violence. Most adult perpetrators say they first preyed on another while still in their teens.




Dating and Sexual Relationships  



Dating during adolescence is an important stage in people’s lives. In spending time with a current or potential girlfriend or boyfriend, adolescents are developing their romantic and sexual identities, which set the stage for their adult relationships. Dating during adolescence is common, although research suggests that the terms “hanging out” or “going with someone” have replaced the term “dating” for many adolescents.  


This Child Trends’ Adolescent Health Highlight presents key research findings about the prevalence of and trends in adolescents’ dating and sexual relationships; discusses dating and sexual behaviors that may put adolescents at risk for negative outcomes; examines how these behaviors vary by gender, age, and race/ethnicity; and considers individual, family, and media influences on adolescents’ sexual behaviors.



Seattle Children's Research Institute

Sex, drugs and Facebook: Seattle Children’s social media research team takes on teen health   


Dr. Megan Moreno once met a teen who went to bed every night with her smartphone tucked under her pillow and its alarm clock set to 2 a.m. When the phone woke her in the middle of the night, she’d grab it, open her Facebook app, delete any new mean comments, and go back to sleep. Being a teenager isn’t what it used to be. Neither is being a parent.  


Moreno, an adolescent pediatrician and a researcher at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, leads a team that’s conducted more studies on social media and teen health than anyone – more than 30 studies in six years. This week she released her first book: Sex, Drugs’n Facebook: A Parent’s Toolkit for Promoting Healthy Internet Use.




Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson spent seven years in Philadelphia and Camden, asking low-income, unwed fathers to share their stories. In their new book, Doing the Best I Can, they suggest that the stereotype of the deadbeat dad misses something important: Of the many challenges poor urban dads face, a lack of caring usually isn’t one of them.  


Listen to an interview with author, Kathryn Edin.






National Media Spotlight on Home Ec (FACS)






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Help Wanted   


We are looking for an articulate, organized teacher who is well versed in family life research and trends, able to travel, and capable of achieving successful results with a minimum of supervision. Prior successful teaching experience with a Dibble program is preferred as is public speaking experience.  


Feel free to download a complete job description.


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The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy Let’s Talk Month – About Relationships



In our conversations with young people about sex, pregnancy, and family formation – aka, the dreaded “Talk” – we parents too often leave out one of the most important topics of all: healthy relationships. Remember that the lessons they learn from their relationships as teenagers will be the foundation of the relationships they form as adults.  


Here are some suggestions we think might be helpful in conversations you should have with your sons and daughters.



Loved to Death 

Loved to Death 


A popular teen couple, an intense breakup — and she’s dead. Was it a case of breakup violence? Tracy Smith reports.




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 Dibble Webinars 

Impacting Future Generations: Implementing Relationship Education in Community Settings  


Register Now   


Who can change the world? You can! We can!! Together we can change the world by providing relationship education to impact communities in positive ways.  


Join Irene Varley, Director of Education of The Dibble Institute, as she shares how implementing healthy relationship education can strengthen families, stop the cycle of abuse and empower individuals to be productive citizens.  


She will examine the research regarding child abuse, family violence, and juvenile delinquency prevention. She will also highlight implementation models of relationship education in re-entry, Head Start, Workforce Development, and financial literacy programs.


Presenter: Irene Varley, Director of Education, The Dibble Institute


When: Wednesday November 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM Eastern time (1:00 PM Pacific)  


Duration: 60 minutes  


Who: Community Action Agencies, Head Start Instructors and Program Directors, Youth Leaders, Juvenile Justice case workers, Workforce Development (Youthbuild and Job Corp) workers, Pregnancy Prevention Specialists and anyone who works with teens and young adults.


Cost: Free!


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Youth Homes Supported

Administration for Children and Families 

 Department of Health and Human Services  


The Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes program provides support to offer runaway and homeless youth an alternative to law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. The application deadline is January 15, 2014.  


The purpose of these grants is to provide runaway and homeless youth, including young parents, (RHY) an alternative to law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems.  


The Dibble Institute materials and training can strengthen your grant proposal!  


Including research based and evidence informed Love Notes along with Money Habitudes™ in your project will strengthen your proposal by uniquely addressing the grant’s requirements.  


Read more.


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November 3-6, 2013  

Pathways to Promise: 25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network  

Atlanta, Georgia  

Workshops: Student Relationships and Retention  

Presenter: Joyce Huff


November 5-6, 2013  

Native American Fatherhood and Families Conference  

Mesa, AZ  

Workshop: The Missing Link: Relationship Education  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier  


November 12-14, 2013  

Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee Conference  

Atlanta, Georgia  

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation  

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow  


December 2-3, 2013 2013  

CalWorks Training Academy: Navigating Pathways Toward Self-Sufficiency

Sacramento, California  

Workshop: Love Lives Are Not Neutral: Building Healthy, Stable CalWORKs Families through Relationship Education  

Presenters: Kay Reed and Destiny Robbins, Former CalWorks Client


December 11-13, 2013 2013  

National Sex Education Conference  

Meadowlands, New Jersey  

Workshop: Boost Success – New Strategy to Integrate Pregnancy and STI Prevention with Healthy Relationships Education  

Presenter: Marline Pearson


February 10-12, 2014

American Council for School Social Work Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


February 11-14, 2013  

15th Annual Fathers and Families Conference  

Las Vegas, NV  

Workshop: The Greatest Gift to a Child: A Healthy Parental Relationship  

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow


February 26-28, 2014  

23rd Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference  

Austin, Texas  

Workshop: Guiding Asperger, Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Students through Puberty  

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier  


March 2-5, 2014

25th Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference

Savannah, Georgia

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation

Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


March 19-22, 2014  

17th Annual School Social Workers Conference  

Chicago, Illinois  

Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-up Generation  

Presenter: Joyce Huff  


Would you like a Dibble Outreach Educator 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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