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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.
Sleepless Teens Worry About School

A new study shows teens who can't fall asleep at night are mainly worrying about the fallout of sleeping in and missing out on school.

What's Hot? 01/31/14

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

Higher Odds of Teen Obesity for Overweight Five-Year-Olds

Five-year-olds who carry around extra weight may face four times the risk of being obese at 14, compared to their normal-weight peers, a new study found.

Study Finds 1 in 25 U.S. Teenagers Have Attempted Suicide

About one in 25 U.S. teens has attempted suicide, and one in eight has thought about it, according to a national study based on interviews with thousands of teenagers.

Twenty U.S. Kids Hospitalized Each Day for Gun Injuries

Gunshot wounds send about 20 children to the hospital every single day in the United States, a new study says.

What's Hot? 01/24/14

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

Early Puberty Linked to Higher Substance Use Throughout Adolescence

A new University of Texas at Austin study reveals that teens for whom puberty begins early and who have rapid pubertal development are at greater risk for experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana.

Poor Sleep Linked to Teen Mental Health Problems

Getting too little sleep might be a sign of - or even a contributor to - emotional problems, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among teens, according to a large study from Europe.

Instagram Fastest-Growing App Among Top 10 in 2013

Facebook was the No. 1 app overall in 2013, but its photo-sharing subsidiary Instagram was the fastest-growing app among the top 10.

Teen Girls Twice as Likely to Suffer Depression than Boys

According to a new study, girls are nearly twice as likely than boys to experience bouts of depression and anxiety in their teenage years.

Later School Starting Time Improves Sleep in Teens

Later school start times is linked to improved sleep and mood in teens, according to new research.

What's Hot? 01/17/14

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

More Than 11 Million Young People Have Fled Facebook Since 2011

A new report confirms that Facebook is losing its appeal with teenagers and young adults.

Study Finds Growing Disparity in U.S. Teen Obesity

Obesity rates decline among kids in more educated, affluent families, while they rise in lower-income homes.

Teen Brains Wired to Seek Rewards

A new study finds that teens' brains are wired to respond to rewards more strongly than adults.

Teen Concussions Increase Risk for Depression

Teens with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

What's Hot? 01/10/14

What's Hot? 1/10/14

Teenagers Who Drink Say They Have More Friends

According to a new study, teens who report occasional drinking and getting drunk tend to have higher "social connectedness" then their abstaining peers.

Sexting in Middle School Means More Sex for Preteens and Teens

More high school students are sending and receiving sext messages or photos, and that makes them more likely to engage in other types of sexual activity as well. Now researchers say the same trends are trickling down to younger students in middle school, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Teen Drivers Start Cautiously, Grow Careless With Time

Teen drivers are very cautious behind the wheel when they first start driving, but as time passes they begin to engage in potentially risky behaviors such as talking on cellphones, eating and talking to other passengers.

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