Healthy Relationship News – September 2015






Reaching Disconnected Youth

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Survey SaysFriends, Family, TV – Top Relationship Teachers

Teen girls say that TV shows rank third—after friends and parents—as the source of where they learn the most about romantic relationships, according to new research conducted for the National Campaign by Penn Schoen Berland, a global Communications firm.  Other findings include:

  • 60% of teen girls say the romantic relationships they see on TV makes them more cautious in their own relationships.
  • 43% say they have learned something about sex, dating, or relationships because it was featured in a TV show’s social media feed.

(Ed. Note: Imagine a world where more young people learn about relationship skills from a class!! You can help make this dream a reality!)


Sex Etc.Dating: What’s Healthy…and What’s Not

Rihanna: Pop star. Role model. Dating abuse survivor. Several months ago, that last statement would have seemed unbelievable and even outrageous. Yet after photos of Rihanna’s battered face surfaced on the Internet and Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting her, it’s clear that dating abuse can happen to anyone.


usa-todayFor Couples, Time Can Upend the Laws of Attraction

It’s a date. Or is it really a date? It’s not always easy to know if they’re on an actual date or just hanging out. A new survey of 2,647 singles, ages 18-59, illustrates today’s dater confusion.


Youth TodayHow Adverse Childhood Experiences Impact Health and Well-being

In the early 1980s, Dr. Vincent Felliti began noticing that many of his patients who were having extreme illnesses in their adult years had adverse childhood experiences (ACES). Much of his research is outlined in “Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal

(Ed. Note: Many ACES result from a unstable family life. Empowering young parents to make better choices in their love lives, will likely also reduce the occurance of ACES in their children.)


Seattle Jobs IntitiativeThe Importance of Soft Skills in Entry-Level Employment and Postsecondary Success

Soft Skills are at Least as Important as Technical Skills for Entry-Level Workers

More than 75% of employers surveyed said that soft skills were as important as – or more important than – technical skills in securing entry -level employment. Research on predicting the future career success of students supports employers’ opinions that some soft skills (sociability, communications, problem solving, team work) are a better predictor of adult success (salaries, graduation rates, home ownership) than technical skills.

(Ed. Note – This fall, we will be revising our most popular programs to include workplace scenarios and practice sessions to help teens and young adults be more successful at work and at home.)

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Boston GlobeCyberbullying on rise, particularly for teen girls

A study of more than 16,000 Boston-area high school students suggests cyberbullying is on the rise, most sharply with girls as victims and abetted by the prevalence of smartphones among teenagers.

The percentage of the students who said they experienced cyberbullying jumped from 14.6 percent to 21.2 percent over a six-year period ending in 2012, according to the study by the nonprofit Education Development Center. The study used self-reported health survey data from 17 unidentified schools west of Boston.


Child Trends

New Evidence On The Relationship Between Academic Ability And Nonmarital Teen Childbearing

Teenage childbearing is associated with negative outcomes for mothers, their children, and society as a whole. Child Trends used data from a nationally representative survey that follows young women over time to explore the relationship between three different measures of academic ability and the likelihood of subsequently experiencing a teen birth outside of marriage.

Previous studies have found that girls who perform well in school are less likely to become teen mothers. Child Trends show that this is true for some girls, but not for others. They also show that not all measures of academic ability are related to the risk of non-marital teen childbearing.

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September 9

Second Wednesday Webinars

Healthy Relationship Education

with Disconnected Youth

Healthy relationships are important in “all” young people’s lives!

Disconnected and vulnerable youth including Runaway Homeless Youth, Pregnant Teens, LGBT, and youth living in low-socioeconomic neighborhoods want to have healthy relationships. What’s the best way to help them achieve their dreams?

Join us to see how the healthy relationship education curriculum – Love Notes – is changing attitudes, behaviors and lives of these most vulnerable young people.

Guest speaker Vanessa Mejia will present a successful model of healthy relationship education with disconnected youth in schools, and community centers, as well as a shelter in Brooklyn, NY.

Presenter: Vanessa Mejia, MPH

Youth Services Program Coordinator

Diaspora, Brooklyn, NY

Who Should Attend: Runaway/homeless grantees; Juvenile justice workers, Group-home caseworkers; DV caseworkers; At-risk teens advocates, high school teachers, Community Action caseworkers, guidance counselors, and all who work with youth.

When: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Register Now!

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