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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 Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
Study: Helicopter Parenting Stunts Child Development

A new study found that children who spend more time in less structured activities are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults.

Majority of College Grads Rely on Family Financial Support

A new multi-year study has found more than half of college graduates are still relying on their parents or other family members for financial support.

What's Hot? 06/20/14

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

Majority of Kids Are Sexting

A new study finds that more than half of minors reported sending or receiving sexually explicit messages via text.

Extreme Parenting Styles Linked to Substance Use in Teens

A new study finds that both indulgent and authoritarian parenting styles increases the likelihood of teens using drugs and alcohol.

Caffeine Affects Teen Boys and Girls Differently

According to a new study, when ingesting caffeine, teen boys experience greater changes in heart rate and blood pressure than teen girls.

Annual Teen Risk Survey Reveals Mixed Bag of Results

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the results of its annual National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

Cool Kids Don't Stay Cool in Later Life

A new study suggests that once popular kids in middle school are at greater risk for relationship and drug problems in adulthood.

What's Hot? 06/13/14

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

Smoking Marijuana as a Teenager Lowers IQ for Life

Researchers find that smoking marijuana as a teenager lowers IQ into adulthood and can have a lifelong impact.

UK Study Projects Only Half of Current 20-Year-Olds Will Marry

Recognizing a generational shift away from marriage in the UK, a new study projects that only 52% of men and 53% of women who are now 20-years-old will marry during their lifetimes.

Cyberbullying Triples According to New Survey of Teens Online

A new study reveals that despite significant efforts to discourage cyberbullying, and its negative effects, 87% of youth have witnessed cyberbullying, nearly tripling the number from 2013.

Half of Millennials Plan to Ask Parents for House Down Payment

According to a recent survey, 50 percent of millennials said they would ask their parents for financial help to come up with the necessary down payment to purchase a house.

What's Hot? 06/06/14

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

Blistering Sunburns in Adolescence Increases Risk For Melanoma

The risk for developing melanoma in adulthood was increased by 80% among those who suffered at least five blistering sunburns during adolescence.

Porn Viewing Linked to Less Brain Grey Matter

A new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry utilized MRI brain scans of male pornography users and found that those with less brain grey matter were likely to watch more pornography.

Teen Boys Online Porn Viewing Behavior Is Reason For Concern

Teen Boys Online Porn Viewing Behavior Is Reason For Concern

USA Teen Birth Rate Falls To New Low

Teen births are at the lowest ever reported in the USA and both the number of births and birth rate dropped 10% in just one year, according to the latest preliminary federal data.

What's Hot? 5/30/14

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

Most American Teens Are Physically Unfit

According to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of adolescents aged 12 to 15 are considered physically unfit.

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