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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 Quit Pot If Their Friends Are Smoke-Free

Whether teen marijuana users end up quitting the drug depends largely on who their friends are, a new study suggests.

Early Sex, Drugs More Common Among Teens With Half-Siblings

Teens who have half-siblings -- brothers or sisters with a different father -- are more likely to use drugs and have sex by age 15 than teens with only full siblings, according to a new study.

Risk of Adult Anxiety Seen in Children's Stomachaches

Children with chronic stomach pains are at high risk for anxiety disorders in adolescence and young adulthood, a new study has found, suggesting that parents may wish to have their children evaluated at some point for anxiety.

Some Depressed Adolescents at Higher Risk for Anxiety

Some adolescents who suffer with symptoms of depression also may be at risk for developing anxiety, according to a new study of children's mental health.

What's Hot? 8/9/13

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

Tackling Disruptive Behavior in Childhood May Prevent Substance Abuse in Adolescence

Providing a two-year intervention program to disruptive kindergarten children could help prevent substance use in adolescence, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Gene May Lead to Abusive Parenting During Tough Times

Researchers say a specific gene might make parents more likely to abuse their children during tough times, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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.

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