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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.
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.

CDC Study: 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

Since 1991, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has surveyed teens every two years in order to identify trends in risky adolescent behaviors. The results of the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey have recently been released.

What's Hot? 6/8/12

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

Mass. Teen Sentenced to One Year in Jail for Fatal Texting Crash

Massachusetts teen, Aaaron Deveau, was sentenced to serve one year in jail for causing a fatal crash by texting while driving.

Millennials Losing Their Religion

According to new research from the Pew Research Center, religious values are declining among Millennials.

Facebook Considers Lifting Age Restrictions

Facebook is exploring ways to open the site to children younger than 13, the current and widely flouted age restriction for users.

Student Loan Debt on the Rise

Debt from educational loans in the U.S. rose 3.4 percent to $904 billion in the first quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Early Puberty Linked to Depression

Going through early puberty puts a child at greater risk for anxiety and depression later in adolescence, according to researchers at the University of Melbourne.

What's Hot? 6/1/12

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

Is Facebook Losing Its Cool?

With more than 900 million users, Facebook remains the most popular online hangout. But some young people are turning their attention elsewhere, where they can share their thoughts and feelings away from the prying eyes of Mom and Dad.

Culture Surfing - May 31, 2012

Noteworthy culture stories in the news.

Memorial Day Kicks Off 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Memorial Day may have marked the unofficial start of summer, but it also kicked off the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. Given that texting is the communication mode du jour for high schoolers, that extra time on the road often translates into more texting while driving.

Number of Employed High School Students Hits 20-Year Low

The American job market is no place for students as the number of employed high schoolers has hit its lowest level in more than 20 years, according to new figures from the National Center for Education Statistics.

What's Hot? 5/25/12

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

Teens Watch 50% of Television Time in Their Bedrooms

According to the The Nielsen Company, teenagers spend 47 percent of their total TV viewing in their bedrooms versus 48 percent in family rooms.

Teen Risky Sexual Behavior Linked to Watching Internet Porn

A new study has found a strong correlation between teenage consumers of online porn and risky sexual behaviors.

YouTube Turns Seven - Users Upload 72 Hours of Video Every Minute

YouTube has seen its video uploads grow 50 percent over the last year: Users are now uploading 72 hours of video every minute, compared to 48 hours just a year ago.

Youth Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes Soaring

According to a new study, diabetes and pre-diabetes rates are soaring among the nation's teens, jumping from 9 percent of the adolescent population in 2000 to 23 percent in 2008.

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