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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.
What's Hot? 7/26/13

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

Marijuana Use in Adolescence May Cause Permanent Brain Impairment

Regular marijuana use in adolescence, but not adulthood, may permanently impair brain function and cognition, according to new research.

Fewer Parents Can Pay College Tuition

As families continue to recover from the recession, they're relying less on their own income and savings and more on grants and scholarships to finance a college education than in previous years, according to a new study.

Study Ties Teen Eating Disorders to Increased Risk of Suicide

A new study finds teens who display binge eating behavior are actually at an increased risk of considering suicide as they turn their emotions inward.

Young Women Delaying Marriage

A new report shows that a woman's average age at first marriage is now nearly 27, the highest in more than a century. The overall marriage rate has also dropped to a new low.

What's Hot? 7/19/13

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

Economic Reality: Back-to-School Shoppers Plan to Cut Back

Despite an improving economy, students and parents will spend nearly 8 percent less this back-to-school season than in 2012, according to an annual survey from the National Retail Federation.

Social Networking Keeps Families Connected

A new study says familial relationships can benefit from the wealth of positive interactions that social networking brings.

Family Violence Can Lead Boys to Aggression and Drug Problems

A new study suggests that boys exposed to familial violence become increasingly aggressive toward their peers at school.

Teen Cigarette Smoking Drops to New Low

Cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders, high school sophomores and seniors last year, a newly released report shows.

What's Hot? 7/12/13

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

Study: Teen Girls Targeted for Sexual Exploitation on TV

A new study finds that underage female characters on television are more likely to be targets of sexual exploitation than scenes with adult female characters.

Early Puberty May Not Be the Root Cause of Adolescent Turmoil

Scientists have held that adolescents who start puberty before their peers are likely to experience difficulty in getting along with other children and adults. But new research suggests early puberty may not be the root cause.

Only Half of U.S. Youth Meet Physical Activity Standards

Only about half of U.S. adolescents are physically active five or more days of the week, and fewer than 1 in 3 eat fruits and vegetables daily, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

What's Hot? 7/5/13

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

Teen Drivers Nearly Double Car Insurance Premiums

Adding a teenage driver to the family car insurance policy can double annual premiums, according to a new study—a costly fact of life that reflects the higher risk for younger drivers.

Impulsive Adolescents More Likely to Drink Heavily

New research finds that young people who show impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age.

Teen Self-Consciousness Linked to Brain, Physiological Responses

A new study reveals that teenage self-consciousness is linked with specific physiological and brain responses that seem to emerge and peak in adolescence.

Record Number of Single Dads Head U.S. Households

Men now lead about a quarter of all single-parent families in the U.S.

What's Hot? 6/28/13

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

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