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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.
Fast Food Adds 300 Calories to Teen Diet

A new study finds that when teenagers ate at fast-food restaurants, they consume about 300 excess calories.

Study: Churchgoing Teens Go Further with School

Sociologists from Brigham Young University and Rice University found religiously-affiliated youth are 40 percent more likely to graduate high school than their unaffiliated peers and 70 percent more likely to enroll in college.

What's Hot? 11/2/12

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

Poor Reading Skills Linked to Teen Pregnancy Risk

Preteen girls with below-average literacy are twice as likely to give birth in teen years, a new study finds.

Study Finds Alcohol Use as a Common Link Between Bullies and their Targets

A new study out of the University of Cincinnati finds that both school bullies and their victims are likely to abuse alcohol after a bullying episode.

Smartphones Linked to Sexual Activity in Teens

Teens with smartphones are more likely to have sex and meet others online for sex than teens without Internet access on their phones, according to a new study.

Lack of Sleep Linked to Sports Injuries in Teens

According to new research, one good way for teen athletes to avoid getting injured is to ensure they get plenty of sleep.

What's Hot? 10/26/12

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

Bullied Kids More Likely to Contemplate Suicide

Teens who are bullied by their peers are 2.5 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than those who haven't had any recent harassment, according to a new study.

Puberty Starting Sooner in U.S. Boys

American boys appear to be maturing sexually at a younger age, a cross-sectional study showed.

Dad's Advice Could be Key to Teens' Sexual Activity

The idea that fathers play a significant role in the development of their kids' approach to sex has received some support in a new evidence review.

Student Loan Debt Hits Record High

The average college student who graduated in 2011 had $26,600 in student loans, according to a new report, which estimates two-thirds of last year’s college graduates had student loan debt.

What's Hot? 10/19/12

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

Painkiller Abuse By Kids Way Up

The rate of prescription painkiller abuse among this current generation of American youth is 40 percent higher than in previous generations.

Young Women Riskier About Sex When on the Pill

A new study finds that when young women start using hormonal contraceptives -- pills, patches, shots and rings -- they often stop using condoms.

HPV Vaccines Don't Encourage Sexual Activity

A new study from the journal Pediatrics finds that adolescent girls who receive the HPV vaccine are not more likely to become sexually active, pregnant, or contract a sexually transmitted infection that those who do not receive the vaccine.

Teens Like Facebook More Than Twitter

A new poll of 7,700 teenagers conducted by Piper Jaffray finds that Facebook is a more popular social media site than Twitter and Instagram.

Teen Passengers and Drivers a Deadly Mix

A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety find that teen driving gets riskier when teen passengers are in the car.

What's Hot? 10/12/12

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

U.S. Teens Still Love, Want iPhones

Piper Jaffary has released the results of their latest semi-annual survey of over 7,700 U.S. teens. The major conclusion is that Apple remains the leading technology brand for teens.

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