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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 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.

Judge Has Harsh Words for Mom Before Sentencing Her for Spanking Kid

A judge in Corpus Christi, Texas had some harsh words for a mother charged with spanking her own child before sentencing her to probation.

Are College Freshman Overconfident?

A growing percentage of incoming college freshmen rate themselves as 'above average' in several categories, compared with college freshmen who were surveyed in the 1960s.

What's Hot? 6/17/11

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

Internet Users Now Have More and Closer Friends Than Those Offline

Have a computer, Internet connection, and no Facebook profile? Now you're the weirdo outcast.

Boys Who Bully May Be More Likely to Become Abusive Men

Schoolyard bullies may be more likely to perpetrate physical or sexual abuse against their wives or partners when they grow up, according to a recent study.

Young Girls May Lose Sleep Over Pressure to Be Thin

Female friends most likely source of this problem among whites, researchers suggest in a new study.

Fathers Still Matter to Kids Who Have Moved Out

A new study shows that certain types of dads remain a force for good with children who have moved out of the house.

The Five Most Dangerous Teen Jobs

The National Consumers League (NCL) has issued its 2011 Five Most Dangerous Jobs for Teens report.

Seven of 10 Teen Drivers Admit to "Near Miss" Accident

Nearly seven out of 10 teen drivers say they have have barely avoided having a serious accident and more than half say they have had a "near miss" multiple times, a new survey says.

Father's Day is Big Business

This year, Father's Day spending is expected to reach $11.1 billion, an increase of 13% over 2010.

MTV Cancels Racy Drama Series 'Skins'

Good news: Goodbye to MTV's 'Skins'.

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