Love U2® Relationship Smarts – Overview

Relationship Smarts PLUS Workbook

An Activity and Media-based Approach

This curriculum is delivered entirely through activities that are informative, fun, upbeat, and meant to affirm the importance of teen relationship experiences. Relationship Smarts PLUS is packed with lively activities that use scenarios written by diverse youth. It incorporates popular music, music videos, film, stories, poetry, drawing, sculpting, and an engaging, interactive workbook that helps teens apply curriculum concepts to their own lives. Relationship Smarts PLUS appeals equally to males and females.

Parent-Teen Connection activities for each lesson are designed to convey core material to parents or a trusted adult and serve as a catalyst for parent-teen conversations on these very important issues. Parent-teen connectedness has been found to be the strongest protective factor against risky behaviors, even beyond class, race and family structure.3 These connection activities provide a way to partner with parents or trusted adults and mentors, in helping teens navigate the choppy waters of adolescence.

An Evidence-based Program Relationship Smarts PLUS has completed a five-year evaluation involving over 5,000 diverse teenagers in the state of Alabama. Researchers from Auburn University conducting the study report sustained gains over time. Findings include increases in students’ realistic understanding of relationships and decreases in faulty relationship beliefs, broadened understanding of relationship aggression, and declines in aggression in relationships as compared to those in control groups.

First Things First

Relationship Smarts PLUS is now listed as on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

In addition, Relationship Smarts PLUS won the prestigious 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award for curriculum-based teaching aids from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). The AEP Awards recognize the year’s most outstanding materials in the field of teaching and learning.

Standards Correlations

Relationship Smarts PLUS has been correlated with the national curriculum standards for Family andConsumer Sciences, Health Education, and Sexuality Education. To help with lesson plan development,you can download the standards at DibbleInstitute.org/love-u2-relationship-smarts-plus-new/