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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.
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.

Teens at High Risk in Car Surfing

Teens are at high risk when participating in car surfing, a thrill-seeking activity in which people ride on the exterior of a vehicle while it's being driven by another person.

International Study Finds Strong Families Make Successful Children

Strong families are the key to producing well adjusted and successful youngsters and the welfare state has little or no bearing on how children turn out, an international research project has found.

What's Hot? 5/18/12

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

Kids Most Likely to Start Abusing Painkillers at 16

Among U.S. adolescents, misuse of prescription painkillers peaks at age 16, earlier than thought, a new large survey analysis reveals.

Watching TV Affects Kids' Eating Habits Beyond Screen Time

Watching TV affects what kids eat even when they are not glued to it, according to a new study.

Social Media is Brain Candy

In a new study, researchers have found that disclosing information about oneself on social media activates pleasure sensations in the brain.

What's Hot? 5/11/12

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

Teen Passengers Up Risk for Fatal Accidents for Novice Drivers

A new study by AAA finds teens who drive with friends in the car are at significantly greater risk for fatal accidents.

Teen Sex: Most Girls Don't

The majority of girls in the United States do not have sex before the age of 19, a change from earlier years, a new report shows.

Most Parents Paying to Help Young Adults

A new study finds that more than 60% of today's young adults have received financial help from their parents.

Top 10 Cars for Teens

Insurer USAA has published a list of the top 10 cars for teens.

40% of Teens Video Chat With Friends

More teens are using video chats to interact and communicate with friends, thanks in part to the adoption growth of apps such as Skype, Googletalk and iChat, according to a new study.

What's Hot? 5/4/12

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

Teen Marijuana Use on Rise

Past-month marijuana use -- particularly heavy use -- has increased significantly among U.S. high school students, according to the 23rd annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS).

Some Teens May be Wired for Addiction

A new study suggests that some teenagers may be more inclined to experiment with drugs and alcohol, simply because their brains work differently, making them more impulsive.

Bullied Children at Greater Risk for Self-Harm

Children who are bullied are three times more likely than others to self-harm by the time they are 12 years old, according to a new study.

What's Hot? 4/27/12

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

Young Americans Have Highest Death Rate Among High-Income Countries

A new study of adolescent health around the globe found the U.S. had the highest mortality rate for people ages 10 to 24 of any high-income country in the world.

Teen Girls Take More Risks Behind the Wheel

A new study suggests that teen girls are far more likely than boys to engage in distracted driving behavior.

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