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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: Bedroom TVs Predicted Youth Weight Gain

A new study finds teenagers with bedroom TVs had higher BMIs after four years.

What's Hot? 02/28/14

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

Marijuana Legalization May Lead to More Teen Users

A new study finds that about 10 percent of high school students who would otherwise be at a low risk for smoking pot say they would use marijuana if it was legal.

Frequent Cell Phone Use Linked to Troubles in College Students

A new study finds that college students with high frequency cell phone use tended to have lower GPA, higher anxiety, and lower satisfaction with life (happiness) relative to their peers who used the cell phone less often.

Women Dominate Mobile Gaming (Really!)

New research conducted by mobile game recommendation engine PlayPhone finds that 68% of mobile gamers are women.

Frequent School Moves May Harm Kids’ Mental Health

Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests.

What's Hot? 02/21/14

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

Study: Bickering Parents Linked to Kids’ Brain Impairment

The odd argument in front of your children may not seem like a big deal, but new research suggests it could have an effect in later life.

Millennials Put Their Stamp on the American Dream

In a new poll, Millennials say they value job mobility, flexible schedules, and the ability to travel and be with friends.

Test Could Predict Which Teen Boys Get Depression

A saliva test for teenage boys with mild symptoms of depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression, a new study says.

Bullying May Have Lasting Effect on Kids

Study of students in grades 5 through 10 found mental, physical fallout even if harassment stopped.

Tanning Laws Linked to Less Tanning in Teen Girls

Girls in states with age limits and other restrictions have lower indoor tanning rates.

What's Hot? 02/14/14

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

Teen Consumption of Energy Drinks Linked to Substance Use

Nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or "shots," and these teens report higher rates of alcohol, cigarette, or drug use, reports a study in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Violent Video Games Can Stunt Moral Judgment

Spending too much time playing violent video games can delay a teen gamer's ability to tell the difference between right and wrong, a new Canadian study says.

Teens Feeling Stressed, Many Not Managing It Well

Teens across the USA are feeling high levels of stress that they say negatively affect every aspect of their lives, a new national survey suggests.

Teens' Relationship With Parents Impacts Future Romantic Relationships

The type of relationship a teen shares with his or her parents directly impacts how successful his future romantic relationships will be, a new study finds.

What's Hot? 02/07/14

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

Study: Teen Media Use, No Sleep, and Little Exercise Increases Risk of Mental Illness

According to a new study, cell phone use, sleep deprivation, and a lack of exercise, together, can point to mental illness in teens.

Heavy Teen Marijuana Use May Lead to Abnormal Brain

According to a recent research study, pot may be poorly affecting the memory and reasoning capability of teens using the drug heavily.

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