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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.
Teen Girls' Brains Hit Hard by Binge-Drinking

Binge-drinking can have a long-lasting negative effect on the brains of teenaged girls, hitting them harder than it does young boys, a new study shows.

Heavy Teens Need More Health Talks

Pediatricians often miss important opportunities to talk about nutrition, exercise, and emotional issues with overweight teens, suggests new research from California.

What's Hot? 7/15/11

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

Already?! Back-To-School Sales Show Up Early

Back-to-school sales are BIG business to retailers. In effort to milk the cash cow, b-t-s sales have already started, just a few weeks after some school districts started their summer vacations.

Teen Births Down, Drug Use Up

The report, "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011" finds teen births are down, while drug use for 8th graders is increasing.

Teen Use of Smartphones Increasing

In the past two years, the number of teens with smartphones has nearly tripled to 4.8 million from 1.7 million during the same period in 2009, according to market research firm ComScore.

What's Hot? 7/8/11

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

Religious Identity Remains Constant Through High School

A new study finds many American teens maintain their religious identity through high school, even though their participation in church and other religious activities declines.

Some Teen Books Surprisingly X-Rated, Study Finds

A new study finds that popular teen books can be surprisingly sexual, meaning that reading may not always be the wholesome activity that parents expect.

Breakfast Important for Teens

A recent study shows that teens who skip breakfast have a greater urge to overeat at lunch.

Mental Problems of Soldiers' Kids Tied to War

The longer U.S. soldiers were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, the more likely their children would be diagnosed with mental health problems, according to a newly published study.

Teen Girls Hold Power Over Family Spending

A new UK study of families finds teen girls have significant influence on household spending, while teen boys do not.

Drug Addiction Usually Starts Before 18

The National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse has released a new study that finds 9 out of 10 adult addicts started using before the age of 18, compared with 1 in 25 Americans who started using these substances at age 21 or older.

Why TV Leads to Obesity

The American Association of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media warns parents that watching too much TV makes kids sedentary, and commercials for fast and junk food reinforce bad eating habits.

Tobacco Sales to Minors at Record Low

Tobacco sales to minors fell to an all-time low in 2010 after increasing in 2009, a new report shows.

Extreme Dieting Often Lasts From Early Teens to Adulthood

Dieting and disordered eating that begin in adolescence often continue into young adulthood, a new study finds.

What's Hot? 6/24/11

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

Teen Sex Linked to Higher Divorce Rates

A University of Iowa study has found that women who first engage in sex as young teens are more likely to divorce.

June 2011 - Update on Teen Media Behavior

Nielsen takes look at today's American teen, raised in an age dominated by media choices like never before, from the Internet to cable channels to web connected devices galore.

Only 12% of High School Students Get Enough Exercise

Two new studies find about one in 10 high school students gets the recommended amount of aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise, and nearly a quarter of students drink at least one sugary soda every day.

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