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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.
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.

What's Hot? 2/22/13

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

More Than a Quarter of Teens in Relationships Report 'Digital Abuse'

Teens in relationships may be susceptible to being digitally abused by their boyfriends or girlfriends, according to a new study.

Study: Parents Prefer the Pill Over Condoms for Their Teenage Daughters

In a new study, parents of teenage daughters were asked what forms of contraception they were most comfortable with doctors providing.

Synthetic Marijuana Linked to Kidney Damage

Synthetic cannabinoids are not safe alternatives to marijuana, according to a new report.

Teaching Teens That Bullies Can Change Reduces Aggression

According to a new study, teenagers who believe people can’t change react more aggressively to peer conflicts than those who think people can change.

What's Hot? 2/15/13

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

College Students with Helicopter Parents More Likely to be Depressed

Helicopter parents who still run their university-aged children's schedules & vacations could be doing more harm than good.

Study: Underage Drinkers Look to Small Number of Alcohol Brands

A study from Johns Hopkins University found that just 18 brands take up 50 percent of the market for teen drinkers, raising questions about the brand advertising that reaches kids and teens.

CDC: Teen Births Hit Record Lows in 2011

The number of U.S. babies born to teen mothers dropped to record lows in 2011, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Millennials: Most Stressed Americans

Stress levels for Americans have taken a decidedly downward turn across the USA — except for young adults, whose stress is higher than the national norm, says a newly released survey.

What's Hot? 2/8/13

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

Catfishing: Online Relationships and Deception

Have you heard of a "Catfish"? In the age of online relationships, it will matter to your kids that both you and they know about the Catfish phenomenon.

Sharing Secrets Improves Teen Well-Being

Teens who share their secrets in confidence with parents and friends have fewer headaches and depressed moods and are more confident in social situations than others who keep secrets to themselves, according to a new study.

Teens Who Drink Excessively Face Increased Sex Risks

A new study finds that teens who drink alcohol to excess are much more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.

Study: Teens and Energy Drinks Are a Bad Combo

A study published in the journal Pediatrics in Review says that the $5 billion energy drink industry markets directly to adolescents and that high caffeine consumption is associated with a variety of teen health issues — like insomnia, anxiety, elevated blood pressure, and digestive problems.

What's Hot? 2/1/13

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

Friends Play Key Role in Determining When Teens Take First Drink

Best friends might play the biggest role in influencing when teens have their first sip of alcohol, new research shows.

Television Ads May be Driving Kids to Drink

A new study finds that seventh-graders who are exposed to alcohol -- and who say they like the ads -- may experience more severe problems related to drinking alcohol later in their adolescence.

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