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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.
Circle of Friends Key to Adopting Healthy Habits

Interested in adopting healthier habits? You have a better chance of success if you find a friend with similar traits to share the experience, a new study suggests.

Sexting Numbers Among Teens Lower Than Thought

Teen sexting is a real problem, but not the pervasive scourge some reports have suggested, according to the first detailed national study on youths who share sexual images on phones and the Internet.

What's Hot? 12/2/11

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

Bullies Use Sexual Taunts to Hurt Teen Girls

Psychologist reports sexual taunts (using words like "slut") are a common refrain for young teen and tween bullies.

Teens Not Eating Their Veggies

U.S. high school students still aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables, according to a new study by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.

The Apple of Their Eye

A recent Nielsen survey shows kids’ holiday gaming and electronics appetites are whet by a number of top-selling Apple devices.

40 Percent of Youths Attempting Suicide Make First Attempt Before High School

While about one of nine youths attempt suicide by the time they graduate from high school, new findings reveal that a significant proportion make their first suicide attempt in elementary or middle school.

Half of 12-Year-Olds are on Facebook

Pew Internet & American Life Project, has found that nearly half of American 12-year-olds -- 45% -- have profiles on social networking sites, which means 1.78 million 12-year-olds are evading Facebook’s age limits.

Adolescent Boys More Prone to Delinquency Without a Father

A new study finds adolescent boys are more prone to delinquency if they do not have a father figure in their lives.

What's Hot? 11/18/11

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

Most Adolescent Self-Harm Stops in Adulthood

One in 12 adolescents intentionally harms themselves, but the behavior persists into young adulthood in only 10% cases, according to a new study.

Today's Teens Will Die Younger of Heart Disease

High blood sugar, obesity, poor diet, smoking, little exercise make adolescents unhealthiest in U.S. history.

Black Friday Backlash as Stores Add to Thanksgiving Hours

As stores up the ante with earlier holiday hours that creep into Thanksgiving night, Black Friday is turning into Black Thursday, and some shoppers and employees aren't happy about it.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Sets New One Day Sales Record

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, has broken the records set by the franchise’s previous outing, Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game sold 6.5 million units in North America and the United Kingdom in 24 hours.

Teen Girls Twice as Likely as Boys to Tweet

Teen girls are more than twice as likely as boys to use Twitter, at 22% vs. 10% of the respective populations.

What's Hot? 11/11/11

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

Bullying More Common In Person Than Online

A new study confirms most kids aren't bullied and most kids don't bully either online or off.

Banning Sugared Drinks in Schools Doesn't Lower Student Consumption

Banning sugared beverages from schools does little to lower their overall intake of the drinks, according to new research.

Canadian Boomerang: 51% of Young Adults Live with Parents

A new documentary shows 51 percent of young Canadian adults still live with their parents.

More Than a Third of Teens Turning to Alcohol and Drugs

More than a third of American teenagers are turning to alcohol or drugs, with 32 percent saying they drink, 19 percent saying they use drugs and 15 percent saying they do both, a new study shows.

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