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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.
Teens May Have Less Impulse Control When Faced With Danger

Teens react more impulsively to danger than children or adults, which might explain why they're more likely to be involved in crimes, according to a new study.

Teens with Late Bedtimes Have Lower Grades

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health provides further evidence for a growing body of research that supports a movement to delay school start times for adolescents.

Study Supports Need for More Control Over Prescription Pain-Relievers for Teens

According to a new study, teens who are prescribed pain relievers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, are at "notable risk" for abusing opioid drugs.

What's Hot? 11/08/13

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

Role Modeling: Moms' Relationships Influences Teens' Relationships

A new study suggests that mothers' friendships with other adults can impact their adolescent children's relationships with their own friends, particularly the negative aspects of these relationships such as conflict and antagonism.

More Grandparents Caring for Kids

New study says as families become more complicated, more grandparents are providing care for their grandchildren.

Obesity Might Trigger Early Puberty in Girls

The age at which puberty starts in some girls has continued to drop, finds the latest study to suggest obesity may be a key trigger.

Facebook Admits Teens Are Losing Interest in the Site

Facebook stock loses steam after the company admitted young teens are losing interest in the site.

Smartphones Capture 70% of Teen Market

Smartphone saturation among teens and young adults in the US is nearly complete.

What's Hot? 11/01/13

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

Doctors Recommend Families Adopt a Media Use Plan

In a newly revised policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents make a media use plan for their families that takes into account not only the quantity but the quality and location of media used.

Doctors Urge Increased Access to Condoms for Teens

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging pediatricians to promote and provide condoms for their adolescent patients.

38 Percent of Children Under the Age of 2 Use Mobile Media

Nearly two in five children have used a tablet or smartphone before they could speak in full sentences, according to a new report.

What's Hot? 10/25/13

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

Survey Finds Parents in Denial About Teens Distracted Driving

From texting and checking social media to changing music and talking with friends, teens admit to driving distracted at a much higher rate than their parents realize, a recent nationwide survey shows.

Regular Exercise Boosts Teens' Grades

Regular exercise boosted teens’ exam results in a U.K. study, findings that suggest getting the recommended hour of daily physical activity might increase grades by one level.

Empathy Skills Develop During Teen Years

New research shows that in adolescence, critical social skills that are needed to feel concern for other people and understand how they think are undergoing major changes.

What's Hot? 10/18/13

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

Facebook Changes: Allows Teens to Post Publicly

Facebook has announced it is loosening its privacy policies for teenagers, allowing minors to share information publicly on the social network.

Early Puberty Linked to Higher Substance Use in Adolescence

A new University of Texas at Austin study reveals that teens for whom puberty begins early and who have rapid pubertal development are at greater risk for experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana.

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