Healthy Relationship News – October 2012







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Child Trends Assessing Peer Relations


Getting along well with peers and having supportive friendships are critical goals for positive youth development. Although most children and youth enjoy healthy relationships with their peers, some young people are disliked, excluded, and/or bullied by others.  


These children and youth are more likely than their better liked and accepted peers to experience problems with academic, social, and behavioral adjustment. Promoting positive relationships with same-age peers can deter and prevent these problems.  


This brief describes factors that promote positive peer relations; provides information about easy-to-use measures for assessing peer relations (both positive and problematic); and lists several resources for promoting positive peer relations in childhood and adolescence.



Forest Institute

Advance Understanding – Help a Graduate Student


A new study on attitudes towards cohabitation is being conducted by graduate student, Gaston Rougeaux-Burnes, at Forest Institute in Springfield MO.  


Gaston is particularly interested in learning more about people who have yet to cohabit, and what advantages and disadvantages they see in regards to cohabitation.  


To participate, individuals much be:  

  • Between 18 – 24 years old
  • Have never cohabited with a romantic partner  

 If you know someone who meets these criteria, please send them this link to learn more.  


Gaston needs at least 500 participants, and so far only has 270.


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Middle Tyger Community Center







Congratulations to the  Middle Tyger Community Center in Lyman, SC for their nationally recognized Adolescent Family Life Program. The research is in showing positive outcomes for adolescent parents!


We were especially pleased to read the following:


“As part of the statistical analysis we examined the affect of each program component on the outcomes of young parents.  While we know the value of individualized case management, our parenting class was the component that actually showed a positive statistical relationship with outcomes for young parents.


The primary curriculum that we use for our Parenting and Positive Lifestyle Classes, which was approved by OAPP, is the Love U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS program.”


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Useful Tools  


The Dibble Institute  

Dibble Materials Now Correlated to National Standards 


We are pleased to announce that Dibble curricula have been correlated to national standards in the subjects of Family and Consumer SciencesHealth, and Sex Ed.


We worked with EdGate, a nationally respected content mapping organization, to develop the highest quality alignments so necessary in today’s educational environment.


We formatted the correlations to be easily used by educators around the country.


Let us know what you think!


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Funding Streams for Relationship Education     


Edna McConnel Clark FoundationPrograms Targeting Disadvantaged Youth 



Edna McConnell Clark Foundation: Social Innovation Fund   


The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has just launched a national competition to award a second round of Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants. Through the 2012-13 Grants Competition, the Foundation plans to invest in three to five nonprofit organizations that help economically disadvantaged youth improve academic achievement, attain employment, and avoid risky behaviors.


The goal of the SIF grants is to expand the pool of organizations with proven programs that help increasing numbers of our nation’s most vulnerable young people, ages 9 to 24, make a transition to productive adulthood. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about this funding opportunity.


Support for Kentucky Communities Promoting Children’s Healthy Behavior  

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky: Investing in Kentucky’s Future Initiative  

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is dedicated to addressing the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians. The Foundation’s Investing in Kentucky’s Future Initiative is designed to improve the health of Kentucky’s children by engaging communities in testing innovative strategies.  


In 2013 the Foundation plans to provide grants ranging from $20,000 to $40,000, as well as training and technical assistance, to assist up to ten communities in creating a specific plan to improve the health of children. Letters of Intent are due on November 16, 2012; full-proposals must be submitted by February 28, 2013. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the request for proposals.


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Where is Dibble now?

Come see us!


October 28-30, 2012 

Washington Association of Family and Consumer Science

Vancouver, Washington

Workshop: “Prepare, Enrich, Inspire”- A Data-Driven Approach for Teaching Relationship Skills

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk

October 31 – November 3, 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


November 11-13, 2012
Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Louisville, Kentucky
Workshop:  Stress is inevitable, Deal with it!
Presenter:  Irene Varley  


February 20-22, 2013
22nd Annual Texas School of Social Workers Conference
Austin, Texas
Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Health Relationship Education for the Hook-Up Generation
Presenter: Janet Pozmantier

February 25-March 1, 2013
National Fathers and Families Coalition Conference
San Francisco, CA
Workshop: Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child
Presenter: Kay Reed and Dixie Zittlow


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