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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.
Teens Try Multiple Means for Muscles

Study finds behaviors aimed at increasing muscle size or tone are widespread among teens. Among the steps they've taken: using steroids or protein powders.

What's Hot? 11/16/12

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

Another Study Links 'Sexting' to Sexual Activity in Teens

A new study of Dutch teens finds that few of them frequently engage in sexting, but those who do are more prone to have casual sex in real life.

Study: Digital Generation Gap Between Parents and Kids

There's a gap between what parents think they know about their kids' online behavior and what the kids think their parents know.

Stressed-Out Young Girls at High Risk of Teen Anxiety, Depression

A new study shows that young girls exposed to high stress levels have a greater chance of suffering anxiety or depression as teenagers.

Study: Binge Drinking Traps Brain in Adolescence

Teenagers who binge drink risk trapping their brains in permanent adolescence and lay the groundwork for alcoholism, new research shows.

What's Hot? 11/9/12

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

Google: Teens' Primary Tool for Research

Google is the primary way teenagers conduct research in today’s digital world, according to new Pew research. Teachers say teens are most likely to first turn to Google or another search engine as their main research tool 94 percent of the time.

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.

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