Healthy Relationship News – September 2012







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Child Trends Relationship Violence Among Young Adult Couples


The prevalence of violence in romantic relationships is difficult to measure. In part, this reflects the fact that men and women who experience violence in their relationships may be reluctant to report these acts because they want to protect a partner; they may assume that nothing can be done to prevent future violent acts; and they may fear retaliation.   


This report from Child Trends found that four in 10 young adult couples in the sample reported some type of relationship violence and that certain relationship characteristics were linked to higher or lower levels of violence. For example, cohabiting couples reported the highest levels of relationship violence (in contrast to married and dating couples), and relationship violence tended to be higher among couples with lower levels of education, couples with children in the household, and couples in which partners differ by race or ethnicity.  


(Ed. Note: Several of our programs teach the research behind cohabitation and the risks to young people and their children of turbulent relationships.)



Child Trends

How Your Cell Phone Hurts Your Relationships


Most of us are no stranger to this scenario: A group of friends sits down to a meal together, laughing, swapping stories, and catching up on the news – but not necessarily with the people in front of them!  


Nowadays, it’s not unusual to have one’s phone handy on the table, easily within reach for looking up movie times, checking e-mails, showing off photos, or taking a call or two. It’s a rare person who doesn’t give in to a quick glance at the phone every now and then. Today’s multifunctional phones have become an indispensable lifeline to the rest of the world.


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Journal of Family and Consumer Science LogoSharpening Focus on Family Life Education: Evidence Based Curricula  


In the past 40 years, individuals’ close relationships, marriages, and families have undergone dramatic changes. The development and maintenance of strong interpersonal relationships, particularly close romantic relationships, are known to associate strongly and positively with physiological and psychological measures of well-being across the human lifespan.  


In light of today’s need to help improve individuals’ relationship quality, implementing what we know from the research knowledge base regarding this crucial focus of FCS – healthy close relationships – is not necessarily costly in terms of personnel or facilities. FCS leaders may find this a defining opportunity to showcase evidence-based relationship education as a critical component of the FCS curricula, one that is very cost-effective and timely.  


(Ed. Note: This Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences article cites Relationship Smarts PLUS and Connections: Relationships and Marriage as two of the cost-effective, evidence based programs for young people.)


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Useful Tools 


Utah Board of Education Aligning Adult Roles Class with Common Core Standards


The State of Utah Family and Consumer Sciences Department has done great work in aligning their Adult Roles and Responsibilities class content with the math and literacy concepts of the Common Core. Take a look and see how this might relate to the classes you teach!



FCCLA Tip Sheets


Ever wonder how to include relationship skills into Star Event or FCCLA National Programs? Wonder no longer!!


Former FCCLA Adviser Nancy Lenk has put together two tip sheets to make it easy for you.


FCCLA Star Events
FCCLA National Programs

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Funding Streams for Relationship Education     


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Support for Programs Assisting Young Men of Color  

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Forward Promise Innovation Grants    

Forward Promise Innovation Grants: Promoting Opportunities for the Health and Success of Young Men of Color, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aims to improve the health of middle school- and high school-aged minority boys and young men, as well as their opportunities for success in school, work, and life.  


This initiative will fund innovative programs focusing on one of the following areas: school discipline approaches that do not push students out of school, early interventions that focus on dropout prevention and increasing middle school retention and high school graduation rates, mental health-based interventions that tailor approaches to boys and young men who have experienced and/or been exposed to violence and trauma, or career training programs that blend workforce and education emphases to ensure that students are college- and career-ready.  


Applying organizations must have an annual organizational budget of at least $1.5 million. The deadline for brief proposals is October 10, 2012; full proposals will be due December 17, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the call for proposals.  


(Ed. Note: Several organizations are using Love Notes as part of a career, college, and life readiness curriculum. Call us for more information.)


Community Programs in ID, UT, and WY Funded
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation




The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation supports the growth and vitality of the communities served by the company, including locations in southeastern Idaho and the states of Utah and Wyoming. The Foundation’s grantmaking categories are Education, including K-12 and higher education; Civic and Community; Culture and Arts; and Health, Welfare, and Social Services, including United Ways, hospitals, and agencies for youth.  


Grants generally range from $2,000 to $5,000. Requests are reviewed quarterly; application deadlines vary by grant category. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines.

 Funds for Financial Literacy  

Pathway to financial Success Logo Pathway to Financial Success Grant


Obtain the funding your school needs to incorporate financial education into the curriculum. Discover is investing up to $10 million in financial education and your school can apply for a grant toward a financial education curriculum.  


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Where is Dibble now?

Come see us!


September 24-28, 2012

National Extension Association Family and Consumer Science Conference 

Columbus, OH

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Irene Varley


October 5-6, 2012

Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education 

Indianapolis, IN

Workshop:   What is Your Money Habitude?

Workshop: Who, Me, Worry?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


October 10-11, 2012

American School Health Association 

San Antonio, TX

Symposium: Connecting Healthy Teen Relationships to Long-term Wellness

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

 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:  What is Your Money Habitude?
Presenter:  Irene Varley 


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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