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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.
Pre-College Parental Chat May Reduce Freshman Drinking

New study finds parent-child discussion influences how students handle alcohol choices and peer pressure.

Sexual Activity Rare Among Young Adolescents

The notion that the youngest adolescents – ages 10 to 12 – are more sexually active today than in the past is greatly exaggerated, says a new report in the journal Pediatrics.

What's Hot? 3/29/13

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

Parent-Child Violence Leads to Teen Dating Violence

New research suggests that kids who grow up in violent households are more likely to engage in dating violence during their teenage years.

CDC: 110+ Million Venereal Infections in U.S.

According to new data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 19.7 million new venereal infections in the United States in 2008, bringing the total number of existing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. at that time to 110,197,000.

Each Family Dinner Adds Up to Benefits for Adolescents

New research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows the more frequently families eat dinner together, the better the adolescents fare emotionally.

Middle School Dating Leads to Higher Dropout, Drug Use Rates

Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research.

What's Hot? 3/22/13

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

What's Hot? 3/15/13

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

Girls Training Bras Are Out — Girls Lingerie is In

Brands like Victoria's Secret, Hot Topic, Urban Outfitters and Justice are cashing in on the growing demand among middle school and high school girls for intimate apparel.

Current Positive Family Relationships Linked to Healthy Marriages Later

Adolescents who have positive relationships with their parents tend to have stable and satisfying relationships in their early adult marriages as well as romantic relationships.

What's Hot? 3/8/13

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

Teens Rule the Web [INFOGRAPHIC]

An infographic examines the dualistic phenomenon of how teens rule the web, but they’re not always as careful with it as they should be.

Religious Parents' Divorce May Cause Children to Leave the Church

A new study has found that the children of religious couples are much more likely to leave the religion if their parents get divorced.

Study: Teen Boys Forward More Sexts Than Girls

A new study finds that teen boys are almost twice as likely as teen girls to have forwarded a received sext.

Teens with Learning Disabilities Benefit from Closer Relationships

For teens with learning disabilities, more positive relationships with significant adults in their lives can improve their social and emotional lives, according to a new study.

Just Say No to Talking About Your Own Drug Use with Your Kids

Parents who talk to their kids about their own past drug use may not be helping their kids to avoid drugs.

What's Hot? 3/1/13

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

Deaths Surge Among Youngest Drivers

Fatalities jumped 19 percent in the first half of 2012 compared with the first half of 2011.

Rural Teens at High Risk for Pregnancy

A new analysis of data shows that the teen birth rate in rural counties is nearly one-third higher than the rest of the nation.

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