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Jim Liebelt Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

Jim Liebelt

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Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
Even Casual Marijuana Use Can Alter Young Brains

A new study shows that young adults who smoke marijuana--even just recreationally--had marked abnormalities in areas of their brains that regulate emotion and motivation.

Video Games Do Not Negatively Impact Teen Academic Performance

A new study using worldwide scholastic results found that video games to not have a negative impact on teen academic performance.

For Many Teens Formal Sex Education Is Too Late

According to a new study among teen girls who were sexually experienced, 83% told interviewers that they didn’t get formal sex education until after they’d lost their virginity.

2014 Prom Spending Down But Still Costly

Visa's annual prom survey shows that the cost families expect to pay this year is down from 2013. But the costs are still shockingly high, averaging just under $1,000.

What's Hot? 04/11/14

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies.

Booze Brands in Pop Lyrics May Spur Teen Drinking

A new study has found that young people who listen to music that mentions specific alcohol brands are more likely to drink and abuse alcohol.

Stress Hormone May Drive Risk Taking by Teen Motorists

Teens whose brain chemistry is less affected by stressful situations could be at increased risk for car crashes, a small Canadian study suggests.

Parents Are More Aggravated By Their Kids Than In Previous Generations

A new Child Trends research brief says kids aggravate their parents more than they did 15 years ago, creating stress that could lead to less effective parenting.

Obesity Linked to Lower Academic Attainment in Teen Girls

Obesity in adolescent girls is associated with lower academic attainment levels throughout their teenage years, a new study has shown.

What's Hot? 04/04/14

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies.

The Drugging of the American Boy

Nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be treated with a powerful stimulant. Some will experience serious side effects from those drugs. Many of the diagnoses are wrong, and most of those boys will be drugged for no good reason.

Text While Walking - Apple Says There Might Be An App For That

Apple has filed a trademark to allow videos taken in real time from the rear-facing camera on the device be displayed on the screen so that users can text while walking.

Teens Worry About Their Financial Future

A new report found that 80 percent of those ages 13 to 17 are worried about finding a job, and more than half are concerned they will end worse off economically than their parents.

Study Finds No Benefit to Kids When Parents Help with Homework

A new study has found that parental involvement in their children's education yields few academic dividends for kids, or even to backfire.

What's Hot? 03/28/14

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies.

Violent Video Games Linked to Aggressive Thinking and Behaviors

Frequent exposure to violent video games increases the likelihood that children and teens will engage in aggressive behavior themselves, new research indicates.

Coerced Sexual Activity Common for Teen Boys, Young Men

A new study examined the pervasive, but largely unexamined problem of sexual coercion among teen boys and young men and found that coerced sex is fairly common and can lead to psychological distress and risky behavior.

Study Finds Link Between Teen Girls, Depression and Obesity

A new study finds a link between depression and weight gain in teenage girls. Depressed teens were more likely to gain weight and those who struggled with weight were more likely to experience depression.

Kids of Authoritarian Parents More Likely to be Obese

A new study suggests that kids whose parents are strict but not emotionally receptive are more likely to be obese, compared with kids whose parents set boundaries but are affectionate.

Four-in-Ten Children Missing Out on Good Parenting

A new study finds as many as four-in-10 infants fail to properly bond with their mothers and fathers by the age of three – storing up a series of social problems in later life.

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