Newsletter: October 2006

Building Relationship Skills NewsletterOctober, 2006


Dear Friends,

Last spring, the Dibble Institute launched an ambitious new program to increase the capacity of California Healthy Marriage groups to provide greater access to healthy relationship skills for California youth. And we’re pleased to announce that the response has been tremendous!

Thanks to a grant funded by the California Healthy Marriages Coalition, we’ve networked with hundreds of individuals and organizations to increase public awareness about healthy relationship skill curricula for teens and to facilitate the use of these programs in schools, youth groups, counseling centers and faith communities. The good news is that many people – teachers, counselors, pastors and youth workers – have stepped up to the opportunity with enthusiasm and commitments to purchase and implement these educational programs as soon as possible. And the even better news is that government funding is now available to help them do just that!

The nine Healthy Marriage Coalitions below have partnered with the Dibble Institute to begin implementing healthy relationship skills education for California youth by the end of the year. They represent diverse regions of the state, diverse teen populations, and diverse organizational affiliations, but all are committed to prioritizing healthy marriages and family life. If you do not already have an organizational “home” we would encourage you to consider joining one of these groups in order to network; receive support from others who share your interests; share skills and information; and possibly to share funding opportunities. Service areas are indicated in the organizational information.

Kay ReedExecutive DirectorThe Dibble Institutewww.BuildingRelationshipSkills.orgrelationshipskills@dibbleinstitute.org1-800-695-7975

The following articles can also be found on the Dibble Institute website. Please visit us at

Making a Love Connection – The National Campaign to Prevent Teen PregnancyMaking a Love Connection documents the powerful connection between still-high rates of teen pregnancy and the public policy focus on increasing the proportion of children who grow up in healthy, married families.   For more information, please visit

Predictors of Success and Failure in Marriage – Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Ph.D.

Americans value marriage and seek it as a personal life goal. At the same time, many are finding it harder to achieve this goal. People today are more likely to live together before marriage, to postpone marriage until older ages, to divorce more and to remarry less, and never to marry at all. Why are so many Americans enchanted with the idea of marriage but increasingly disenchanted with being married? Social science research can help answer this question. For the full article, visit

The Success Story – Iowa State Extension Study

The Dibble Institute Resource, Connections, was recently evaluated by the Iowa State Extension.  Click here for more information.

The Secret Love Lives of Teenage Boys – Time Magazine

Social Scientists who study young love are discovering that contrary to popular belief, male adolescents don’t just want to have fun.  For the full article, visit