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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.
Study Affirms HPV Vaccinations for Pre-Teen Girls

A new study finds that more than half of girls aged 13 or older already carry the human papillomavirus (HPV), reinforcing recommendations to give girls the shot at an early age.

2012 Back-to-School Spending Expected to Increase by $15 Billion

The National Retail Federation is estimating that this season's back-to-school spending will hit $83.8 billion, a marked increase over 2011's spending, an estimated $68.8 billion.

What's Hot? 8/10/12

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

More Kids Being Treated With Antipsychotics for ADHD

A new study finds the use of powerful antipsychotic medications to control kids with ADHD has skyrocketed in recent years, though the use of these drugs are considered "off-label."

Fewer Students Buy Soda but High Sugar Drinks Still Available on Campus

Half as many adolescents as in 2006 can still buy high-calorie sodas in schools, but other sugary beverages remain easily available onsite, a survey showed.

Cholesterol Levels Improving in Kids and Teens

American kids' and teens' cholesterol levels are, on a whole, improving, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Infographic: How Game Addiction is Ruining Boys

Infographic provides statistical look at how video game addiction is ruining boys.

Teens Who Expect to Die Young Take More Risks

A new study finds that for American teens, the expectation of death before the age of 35 predicted increase risk behaviors.

What's Hot? 8/3/12

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

The 'Not-So-Empty Nest': Adult Kids Find There's No Place Like Home

According to a new detailed analysis, the number of young adults ages 20 to 34 who live with their parents has jumped from 17 percent in 1980 to 24 percent in 2007-09.

Kids Most Likely to Try Drugs, Alcohol During Summer Months

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, for teens, the first-time use of most substances peaks during the summer months of June and July.

Emerging Adults, 18-29, Not There Yet

New survey of 18 to 29-year-olds suggests "emerging adults" have not crossed the threshold of adulthood yet.

What's Hot? 7/27/12

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

Obese Teens Have Fewer Friends, Especially Whites

A new study finds that white teens who are obese have friendships reciprocated less often than obese black or Hispanic teens.

More Adolescent Girls Reporting Depression Than Boys

A government study finds that adolescent girls reported experiencing depression at three times the rate of their male peers over a recent period.

CDC: Teens Using More Condoms

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at the International AIDS Conference that teens today are using condoms more than they were 20 years ago.

Depressed Teens Earn 20% Less Later in Life

Study finds that teens who suffer from depression earn lower incomes as adults.

What's Hot? 7/20/12

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

Majority of Tweens Have Cell Phones

A new survey indicates that a majority of tweens (ages 8-12) have cell phones, and many parents are concerned about the cost.

Exposure to Sexual Content in Movies Predicts Sexual Behavior in Adolescence

A new study links exposure to sexual content in movies at an early age to adolescents' sexual behavior.

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