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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.
Teen Smoking Influenced by Parents, Older Siblings

Teens of a parent who smoked -- even if the mother or father quit before the teen was born -- are more likely to smoke than those whose parents are nonsmokers, a new study finds. Having an older brother or sister who smokes also raises the odds that a teen will pick up the habit.

Bullied Kids More Likely to Commit Crimes as Adults

People who were bullied throughout childhood and adolescence are more likely than others to engage in delinquent or criminal behavior later in life, a new study finds.

Majority of American Teens Delay Getting a Driver's License

A new study finds only 44 percent of U.S. teens had obtained a driver's license within 12 months of the minimum age for licensing in their state.

What's Hot? 8/2/13

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

More Than One in Three Teens are Victims of Dating Abuse

More than one third of teen guys and girls say they have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in dating relationships, a new survey says.

Engaged Teens More Likely to Stay in School

Keeping teens engaged in school helps reduce their risk of behavior problems, substance use and dropping out, according to a new study.

Injuries From Teen Fighting Reduces IQ

A new Florida State University study has found that adolescent boys who are hurt in just two physical fights suffer a loss in IQ that is roughly equivalent to missing an entire year of school. Girls experience a similar loss of IQ after only a single fighting-related injury.

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.

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