Newsletter: April 2009

Building Healthy Relationship skills Newsletter – April 2009

  • Kids rule on divorce
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • First Comes Love available at Smart Marriages in Orlando
  • National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is May 6
  • Adolescent Well-being and Family Structure
  • New stats
  • Upcoming Dibble Institute Events

Dear Friends,Ever wonder what rules a child would make if he or she were king or queen of the world? According to a recent British survey of under ten year olds, it’s not banning bedtime….it’s banning divorce! Divorce also won the number two slot for “the worst things in the world”. It’s no secret to kids that family instability creates negative consequences for them, one of which is child abuse – a national theme this month.April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Consider these facts:

  • A child who is not living with his or her own two married parents is almost 50% more likely to be abused.
  • Dating violence perpetrated on an under-age child = child abuse, a fact highlighted by Auburn University.
  • Births to unwed mothers reached an all-time high of about 40 percent in 2007 and teen pregnancy is on the rise again after a 14 year decline.
  • A University of Puget Sound study published by the National Institute of Health correlates healthy relationship skills to reductions in dysfunctional parenting practices among adolescent mothers and their partners.
  • We already know how to teach teens relationship life skills they need!

If you’re working with teens, especially teen parents or at risk of becoming pregnant, we can help you teach them the critical relationship skills they need to make healthy life choices. We even make it easy! Check out our unbeatable offer to train you at this summer’s Smart Marriages Conference in Orlando and apply for our First Comes Love project. You can even get paid to do it!Onward!Kay Reed,Executive Director


Mark your calendar and plan ahead – May 6, 2009 is National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy!According to the CDC, teen pregnancy rose three percent between 2005 and 2006—the first increase after 14 years of steady decline, AND births to unwed mothers reached an all-time high of about 40 percent in 2007! Help teens think beyond sex, contraception, and the possibility of pregnancy, to the risks to children born of young parents. By participating in the National Day activities, teens will be encouraged to get smart about their love lives. Promotional materials are now available from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’sonline store. A website is also available where you can learn what others are doing to celebrate the day in your state.On the National Day and throughout May, teens nationwide will be asked to go to The National Campaign’s teen website and take a short, scenario-based quiz (available in English and Spanish). The quiz challenges young people with relationship questions. Hundreds of thousands of teens are expected to participate nationwide. Tell your teens to stay tuned to http://www.stayteen.org/ for the quiz.


Top Ten Research Findings: Adolescent Well-being and Family StructureFamilyFacts.org’s top ten research findings this month document the impact of parent relationships on teens, and provide impressive facts you can use to make a case for teaching healthy relationship skills to teens.They’ve also published a special report entitled “The Relationship Between Family Structure and Adolescent Sexual Activity” that concludes that compared to peers from other family structures, teens from intact families were less likely to be sexually active. You can download the full report or an abstract.


Excellent new statistics available!The National Marriage Project at Rutgers University has published a valuable update to their State of Our Unions Report, 2008. It includes terrific statistics you can use to build your cases for teaching teens the crucial skills they need to form healthy adult relationships.


The Dibble Institute CalendarApril 21Indiana Family Consumer ScienceIndianapolis, IN“Don’t Worry, It’s Just My First Wedding”Presenters: Natalie Middleton and Irene VarleyApril 22 – 25 Boost Out of School Time ConferencePalm Springs Convention CenterPalm Springs, CAChristine McKennaJoin one of the nation’s largest and most recognized conferences for after school and out-of-school time professionals.Relationship Skills: The Missing LinkWorkshop presenter: Kay ReedApril 29MI Alternative Education ConferenceRuss Averill“Love: At What Price?”Workshop Presenter: Irene VarleyJune 6Wyoming Family Consumer Science Pre-ConferenceWestern Wyoming Community CollegeRock Springs, WYMichelle AldrichWhy Buy the Cow? and Love U2®: Baby Smarts Trainer: Joyce HuffJuly 7 – 8Smart Marriages 13th Annual Conference 200 of the top marriage and relationship experts from across the country.Shingle Creek Resort HotelOrlando, FL

School & Youth Marriage Education Programs, Kay Reed, chairFirst Comes Love – Institute Training – More Info!CLICK FOR FLYER to post in your community or send to your email list.CONNECTIONS – Char Kamper, MALove U2® – Marline Pearson, MAWe have to start with the kids! Get trained research-based programs; teach students the skills and knowledge that are central to building and maintaining healthy marriages. Curricula are easily adapted to classroom, church, agency, and youth group settings. Each of these programs meets the Federal criteria for youth relationship education. Click for more information on the three training options.

June 16-19South Caroline Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Summer InstituteEmbassy Suites Airport/Convention CenterCharleston, SCLove Smarts for Young Parents – New Pathways to PreventionLoving Safe, Loving Smart: Healthy Relationship Skills for Young ParentsWorkshop presenter: Marline PearsonNeed a Speaker?The Dibble Institute can customize a keynote, plenary, or workshop to meet the individual needs of your organization. Our presentations are interactive, high-paced and exciting!Simply let us know what you are trying to accomplish and we will do our best to get you there.For more information, please contact Irene Varley, Director of Education, at 941-360-1859 (M-F, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time).


The Dibble Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting healthy relationships and helping teens make wise choices! All of our materials are free of political or religious bias. Visit our Website & Catalog atwww.DibbleInstitute.org, or call 1-800-695-7975.Our research based, best practice, developmentally appropriate programs – being taught across the country – teach students the skills and knowledge that are central to building and maintaining healthy romances and, eventually, marriages. Curricula are easily adapted to classroom, church, community, agency and youth group settings and are appropriate for Family and Consumer Science, career prep and English teachers; youth agency workers; independent living coordinators; abstinence and teen pregnancy prevention workers; camp and after school program staff; Healthy Marriage, CBAE, and Head Start grantees; youth pastors; social workers; and parents. Our activities are funded through sales of educational materials and services and through support from foundations, corporations and individuals.©2009 The Dibble Institute – Phone: 1-800-695-7975