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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 Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
Blood Test for Teen Depression Under Study

Scientists have developed a blood test that one day may help diagnose major depression in teens and young adults.

Family Routines Cut Risk of Obesity in Kids

Two studies suggest family routines can reduce kids' risk for obesity by up to 40%, while monitoring food choices and exercise alone have proven less successful.

One in Four Babies Born to Unmarried Couples

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that nearly one in four first-born babies, or 22 percent, are born to unmarried couples living together.

Troubled Homes May Fuel Obesity in Girls

Girls from troubled homes are more likely to be obese at age 5 than girls from happier ones, new research shows.

Young Risk-Takers Drawn to Dangerous "Choking Game"

Study finds 6% of Oregon eighth graders admitted trying it, two-thirds have played more than once.

Proms Get Pricey

New survey says prom spending rises to average $1,078 this year.

What's Hot? 4/13/12

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

Teen Births at Lowest Rate Since 1940

Teen births fell again in the U.S. in 2010, reaching its lowest point since record-keeping began in 1940.

Teens Still Texting While Driving

Despite high profile campaigns against distracted driving, a new survey from State Farm indicates many teens might be ignoring the message.

Teens Give Up the Wheel

Young people’s desire to drive wanes, overwhelmed by online networking.

Cells Like Teen Spirit

More than one-third of U.S. adolescents have an iPhone, survey finds.

What's Hot? 4/6/12

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

For Many Girls, Slimming Down Doesn't Help Self-Esteem

Weight loss doesn't necessarily lead to a boost in obese teenage girls' self-esteem, according to a new study.

Survey Reveals Shocking Levels of Teen Drinking, Drug Abuse

A new study shows that by the time most teens reach late adolescence, most of them have drank alcohol and abused illicit substances.

Facebook Contributing to Divorce

Studies done in both the United Kingdom and the United States find that divorce lawyers say that clients are increasingly claiming Facebook as a contributor to divorce.

What's Hot? 3/30/12

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

Report: Teens are Watching More TV, Not Less

Contrary to the popular notion, for all the time teens spend staring at small screens, it's still the television screen that gets most of their attention.

Electronics Top Distractions for Teen Drivers

A new study of teen driving behavior has found that the use of electronic devices is the leader among distracted driving behaviors.

Doctors See "Cinnamon Challenge" as a Recipe for Disaster

In a new trend, kids are trying to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon without drinking water - or vomiting - and preferably as a video camera is rolling. But doctors aren't laughing. They say the practice can cause serious injuries.

What's Hot? 3/23/12

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

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