Newsletter: January 2004

Building Relationship Skills NewsletterJanuary 2004We need your help. We are beginning an academic research study of our Connections: Dating and Emotions program. The study will show the effects that the curriculum has on middle and high school teens. Specifically, we expect that the study will demonstrate how connections: Dating and Emotions influences students to develop stronger and healthier dating relationships.There are several ways that this study can benefit you. First, if you are selected to participate in this evaluation, you will receive the Dating and Emotions Starter Package if you do not have it. Or, if you already have the program you will receive enough student materials for your students.Second, it will give you and your class exposure as part of a national study. Third, you will be helping Family & Consumer science teachers evaluate one of the top programs in youth relationship education, enabling them to choose the best curriculum for their classes.Evaluation participation requires:1. Teaching the entire Connections: Dating & Emotions program during this upcoming semester in a school setting.2. Two classes. One class takes a pre and post test WITH the curriculum. The ‘control group’ class takes the pre and post test WITHOUT the curriculum. This control class must have similar male/female student ratio and grade levels as the curriculum class.3. Permission from the principal and the participating students’ parents. We provide the necessary permission slips.If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contactScott Gardner at 605-690-1732 or SCOTT_GARDNER@SDSTATE.EDU.FAIR USE NOTICE: This e-newsletter often contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We make such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of youth relationships, marriage, education, legislation, etc. We understand this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of such material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.