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Jim Liebelt Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

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.
Big Jump: Majority of Teens Now Own Smartphones

The majority of American teens own a smartphone, a big jump from just one year ago.

Most Grandparents Provide Care for the Grandkids

Two new studies show most grandparents babysit and provide financial support for grandkids as they try to save their children money and build stronger family connections.

What's Hot? 9/7/12

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

Smokers Are Still High School's 'Cool Kids'

Peer pressure continues to prompt high school students to light up, new research suggests, because popular teens tend to smoke and they induce others to take up the habit in an effort to fit in and be liked.

What Do College Students Look Like in 2012? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Infographic looks at the 19.7 million U.S. college students in 2012.

Obesity Can Impact Teen Brains, Hinder Performance

According to a new study, health problems linked to obesity can impair teen brains, lowering test scores and hindering efforts to learn.

'Distracted Walking' Endangers Teens

A new study suggests "distracted walking" is taking a toll on teenagers as the number of pedestrian injuries soars among 16- to 19-year-olds even as it drops among nearly every other age group.

Premarital Sex Detrimental to Long-Term Relationships

According to researchers at Cornell University, premarital sex could be detrimental to long term relationships, stunting the growth of important relational developments.

What's Hot? 8/31/12

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

Poll: Kids' Lack of Activity is Top Health Concern

A recent national poll finds that the top health concern of adults across the United States for children is they are "not getting enough exercise."

Pot-Smoking Teens Risk Lasting Mental Deficits

The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team.

Yale Study: Marijuana May Really Be a Gateway Drug

In a new Yale study, researchers found that alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana were associated with an increased likelihood of prescription drug abuse in men 18 to 25.

Teen Survey Reveals Drug-Infected Schools

In a new teen survey, 9 out of 10 high school students say that some classmates drug, drink and smoke at school.

What's Hot? 8/24/12

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

College Social Status Linked to Binge Drinking

New research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association find that the social status of college students appears to be directly linked to binge drinking.

Half of Teens Couldn't Live Without Their Phone for a Week

In a new survey, half of all teens said they couldn’t live without their mobile device for a week, while 36% said they weren’t able to go 10 minutes without checking their phones.

Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2016

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.

High School Daze: The Perils of Sacrificing Sleep for Studying

A new study finds that when teens give up sleep for studying, the next day all kinds of things can go poorly.

Time With Parents Important for Teens

A new longitudinal study has found that spending time with parents is important to teens' well-being.

What's Hot? 8/17/12

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

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