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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.
Movies Influence Teen Drinking More Than Parents

A new study suggests that major exposure to scenes of alcohol consumption in movies is a bigger risk for teen drinking than having parents who drink or if booze is easily available at home.

What's Hot? 2/17/12

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

Deaths Rise Among Youngest Drivers

After several years of decline, a new study shows fatalities among 16- and 17-year-old drivers in the first half of 2011 increased by 11% over the same time period in 2010.

Relationships Key to Teens' Mental Health

Interpersonal relationships at home, school and with peers appear to be critical for positive mental health among young Canadian teens, a major study suggests.

Pinterest: Next Wave in Social Media?

Online pinboarding site Pinterest has reached more than 11 million unique monthly users in the US alone, making it the fastest independent site to reach over 10 million users. Is it the next wave of social media?

Laptop Shooting Dad Says He'd Do It Again

Tommy Jordan, the laptop shooting angry dad has become an Internet folk hero for meting out gunslinging justice to his rebellious 15-year-old daughter, says despite all of the notoriety, he'd do it over again.

Controlling Parents More Likely to Have Delinquent Children

Authoritarian parents whose child-rearing style can be summed up as “it’s my way or the highway” are more likely to raise disrespectful, delinquent children who do not see them as legitimate authority figures.

What's Hot? 2/10/12

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

Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Rates at Record Low

Birth and abortion rates among U.S. teens fell to record lows in 2008 as increased use of contraceptives sent the overall teen pregnancy rate to its lowest level since at least 1972, a new study shows.

Tween Dating: All About Texts

Tween couples talk mostly via text and chat.

Depressed Adolescents More Likely to be Bullied

Does bullying lead to adolescent depression - or is it the other way around? New study suggests the latter.

Frequent Childhood Moves Linked to Health, Drug Problems

Children whose families move around a lot may be at increased risk for psychological problems and substance use later in life, according to a new study.

Some Kids Perform Poorly at School Due to Problems at Home

Researchers in the U.K. have found about 25% of children were likely to perform poorly at school if families had multiple social issues.

Stressed Kids More Likely to Become Obese

The more ongoing stress children are exposed to, the greater the odds they will become obese by adolescence, according to a new study.

What's Hot? 2/3/12

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

Multitasking Hinders Youth Social Skills

Tween girls who spend much of their waking hours switching frantically between YouTube, Facebook, television and text messaging are more likely to develop social problems, says a Stanford University study.

Only One in Four Kids Wear Sunscreen Regularly

A new study shows only 1 in 4 children regularly uses sunscreen.

Children Psychologically Damaged When Parents Fight Over Money

A study published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence confirms what many American children are likely feeling these days: When parents bicker over money, it seriously damages the kid’s well-being.

Divorce Causes "Irreparable Harm" to Children

A new study on divorce, confirms what most people already know – even if they are not willing to admit it: divorce causes “irreparable harm” to the whole family, but particularly to the children.

Fewer Teens Desperate to Drive

This generation of teens have fewer licensed drivers than recent generations. Expert suggests the Internet is the cause.

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