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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.
U.S. High Schools Lax in Preventing Dating Abuse

Although dating violence is a recognized problem for U.S. teens, a majority of high school counselors say their school provides no training or guidelines for dealing with abusive romantic relationships, a new study finds.

Study Ties PG-13 Movies to Teen Smoking

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics estimates that youth smoking could be cut by one-fifth by eliminating smoking from PG-13 rated movies.

80 Percent of 10-Year-Old Girls Have Been on a Diet

A study published in the Journal of Christian Nursing finds that 80 percent of 10-year-old girls have been on a diet.

What's Hot? 7/6/12

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

More Than One in Four Teens Have 'Sexted'

More than one-quarter of Texas teens have sent naked photos of themselves through text or email, according to the latest study on "sexting."

Multitaskers Feel Good But Results Lag Behind Single-Taskers

Recent research shows multitaskers feel emotionally satisfied, but their results lag behind single-taskers.

What's Hot? 6/29/12

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

How Teens View Their Digital Lives [Infographic]

Common Sense Media's infographic on how teens view their digital lives.

Teens Running Circles Around Parents on Social Media

As always, parents try to keep an eye on teens to prevent them from doing stupid, self-destructive things, and teens always succeed in evading them. This time it's happening with social media.

What's Hot? 6/22/12

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

Gen Z Learns From Parents' Money Mistakes

Generation Z -- the newest demographic to move into adolescence -- are learning about money by watching their parents struggle in a difficult economy.

Teen Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise

Today, more teens are having cosmetic surgery than ever before.

Persistence is Learned From Fathers

A new study published in the Journal of Early Adolescence found that dads are in a unique position to instill persistence and hope in their children, particularly in the pre-teen and teen years.

Kids: Now More Expensive Than Ever

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds the cost of raising kids from birth to age 17 has increased by $8,000 in the last two years.

How Much Will College Cost?

Estimates for college costs for students matriculating in 5, 10, and 18 years.

What's Hot? 6/15/12

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

Sexting Teens Don't Care About Legal Consequences

A new study has found that being aware of the possible legal consequences of sexting doesn't make teens do it any less. In fact, it may just make them sext each other more.

Alcohol Use May Be Cause, Not Effect of Social Isolation, Poor Grades

Rather than gaining "liquid courage" to let loose with friends, teenage drinkers are more likely to feel like social outcasts, according to a new sociological study.

Are We There Yet?

A new survey reveals that the question "Are we there yet?" is a well-established part of the family summer vacation experience.

Self-Harm Showing Up in Elementary Schools

New study finds children as young as seven injured themselves in a variety of ways.

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