Healthy Relationship News – November 2017



Shifting the Field to Prioritize Relationship Education for Youth


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Auburn University

The Effects of Relationship Education on Adolescent Traditional Gender Role Attitudes and Dating Violence Acceptance

This study examined change in adolescents’ traditional gender role attitudes and dating violence acceptance following completion of Relationship Smarts PLUS. A significant decrease in traditional gender role attitudes was found for both boys and girls following relationship education, with a steeper decline in traditional gender role attitudes for boys than girls over time. Although there were no significant changes in dating violence acceptance, change in traditional gender role attitudes was correlated with change in dating violence acceptance, such that moving toward more egalitarian attitudes was associated with a decrease in acceptance of dating aggression/violence.


Reveal: The Center for Investgative Reporting

Just say know: Teens say pregnancy prevention programs are worth keeping

The seventh-graders filed into the room and took their seats. On the first day of Pio Pico Middle School’s teen pregnancy prevention program, the 12-year-olds weren’t learning about condoms and sexually transmitted diseases. They were learning about friendship.

There was a crackle of excitement as their teacher, vivacious in a bright cotton dress with flowers in her hair, handed out scripts for a dramatization of real-life relationships and sexual encounters, starting with the basics. More…

(Ed. Note: Mission West Virginia, the Mary Black Foundation, and Trinity Church in Miami, all of whom use Love Notes Evidence Based Program, are mentioned in this article.)


New York Times

How technology changes teen romance

The topic of teenage romance and sex has always been charged, but today’s pervasive digital technology has succeeded in turning up the wattage. Some parents have an easy and open channel with their adolescent around all things amorous while others find the subject painfully awkward and try to avoid it altogether. Regardless of where you and your teenager sit on this spectrum, the digital world puts a new spin on some of the timeless challenges of coming of age. When you’re ready to talk, here are some points to consider.


An In-depth Study of Federally Funded Programs

Administration for Children and Families

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs for Youth

Read a review of two new books explore America’s changing romantic landscape.

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November 8

Second Wednesday Webinars

Shifting the Field to Prioritize Relationship Education for Youth

About the webinar:

The field of couple and relationship education is dominated by a focus on helping committed couples strengthen their relationship. In this webinar, we will review several lines of research to argue that the relationship education field should give greater priority to youth relationship education — individually oriented relationship literacy education for adolescents and young adults.

Serious problems are common in adolescent and young adult romantic relationships and increasing numbers of youth follow paths from adolescence to marriage that make it harder for them to form and sustain a healthy marriage. Early evidence on the effectiveness of individually oriented youth relationship education provides some reason for optimism. The webinar will conclude by exploring implications of this proposed shift in the field for practice and policy.

For further information, click here.

Presenter: Alan J. Hawkins, Ph.D. — Professor, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University.

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Register Now!

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Grants Enhance Quality of Life for Oklahomans

Sarkeys FoundationSarkeys Foundation

The mission of the Sarkeys Foundation is to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma. The Foundation’s major areas of grant support include education, social service and human service needs, animal welfare, and cultural and humanitarian programs of regional significance. Preference is given to organizations that have been in operation at least three years. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is December 1, 2017. (Interested applicants should speak with a Foundation staff member prior to submitting a letter of inquiry.) Invited proposals will be due February 1, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information on the application process.


Grants Strengthen Oregon Rural Communities

The Ford Family FoundationThe Ford Family Foundation

The Ford Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that enhance rural communities throughout the state of Oregon and in Siskiyou County, CA. (The Foundation defines rural as communities with populations of 35,000 or less and not adjacent to or part of an urban area.) The Foundation’s competitive program focuses on early childhood development and school-aged children programs, child abuse prevention and intervention, access to health services for children, and the development of public community spaces. In addition, the Foundation provides Technical Assistance Grants, as well as Good Neighbor Grants to address critical needs. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information about the funding guidelines and application process.


Organizations in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania Funded

Claude Worthington Benedum FoundationClaude Worthington Benedum Foundation

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the state of West Virginia and in southwestern Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties). The Foundation’s grant priorities for both geographic areas include the following: education, with a focus on successful learning throughout the educational system, including professional development for teachers, arts education, and career education; and economic development, with emphasis on the promotion of entrepreneurship, technology-based development, and the growth of new capital for businesses in distressed communities and areas of high unemployment. In West Virginia only, the Foundation also provides grants in the areas of health and human services and community development. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.

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