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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.
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.

Teens Drawn to Unknown Risks

Teens, it seems, love the unknown.

Authoritative Moms Influence Kids' Friends

Mothers who are strict with their teen children also influence the behavior of their teens' friends, a new study suggests.

CDC: Teen Births at Historic Lows

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), birth rates for U.S. teen mothers have hit their lowest point since the 1940s.

U.S. Teen Drinking and Driving Rate Cut in Half in 20 Years

The percentage of U.S. high school students who drink and drive has dropped by more than half in two decades, in part due to tougher laws against driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a new federal study.

What's Hot? 10/5/12

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

Talking About Sex: Teens Less Comfortable Than Parents

A new survey finds that teens are even less comfortable talking with their parents about sex than their parents are.

Frequent Family Dinners Make a Difference in Raising Healthy, Drug-Free Teens

Over the past 18 years, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASAColumbia) at Columbia University has surveyed thousands of American teens and their parents to identify factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse. Simply put: frequent family dinners make a difference.

Teens' Late-Night Cellphone Use Linked to Mental Health Problems

Teens who use their cellphones after "lights out" may be at increased risk for mental health problems, as well as lost sleep, a new study from Japan suggests.

Dangerous Stunts Seen on YouTube Hurting, Killing Teens

Emergency rooms are seeing more and more teens with injuries and even deaths, that result from emulating things they see on YouTube videos.

Number of Young Adults Marrying Declines in U.S.

A new report finds that more U.S. young adults are living alone or cohabiting rather than walking down the aisle.

What's Hot? 9/28/12

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

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