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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.
Video Gaming Teens Sleep Less

A new study finds that teens who play a lot of video games are likely to sleep less than the eight to nine hours a night recommended for the age group.

Is College Worth It? Yes!

The typical college graduate earns an estimated $650,000 more than the typical high school graduate over the course of a 40-year work life, according to a new analysis of census and college cost data by the Pew Research Center.

Desire to Please Parents Motivates Kids at School

Children in both China and the United States who want to please their parents tend to do better at school, new research finds.

What's Hot? 5/13/11

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

More Media Use at a Younger Age

A new study finds that most American kids are media users by their first birthday; by age six, they are going online without supervision; by age 11, half have their own cell phones.

85% of New College Grads Move Back in with Mom and Dad

According to a poll conducted by consulting firm Twentysomething Inc., some 85% of graduates will move back home.

Pace of Brain Development Still Strong in Late Teens

A new study finds that brain development continues at a strong pace through late adolescence.

Clothing Firms 'Sexualize' Pre-Teen Girls

New research confirms that some clothing firms in the U.S. are marketing sexy garments for pre-teen girls, reinforcing a destructive stereotype of female attractiveness.

More Parents Lenient About Young Web Use

The number of U.S. parents who would allow children 10-12 years old to have a Facebook or MySpace account has doubled in a year.

What's Hot? 5/6/11

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

Why a College Degree Still has Value

Demand for an American-style college education, and the long-term value of said degree, is unlikely to decline any time soon.

Dimming Optimism for Today's Youth

For the first time on record, most Americans said they did not believe today’s young would have better lives than their parents, according to new survey data from Gallup.

Attorneys General Blast Latest Malt Beverage

A new fruit-flavored malt drink that crams 4.7 servings of alcohol into a 23.5-ounce can is under fire by attorneys general from Connecticut to California.

Survey: Teens Observe Parents Driving Badly

A new study finds that 82 percent of teens report seeing their parents drive carelessly on the road.

High-Schoolers Who Work Less Likely to Finish College

Students who work more than 15 hours a week in high school show lower rates of college completion, suggests a new study assessing the harm of high school work intensity.

What's Hot? 4/29/11

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

More Parents Flying Solo

The United States has the highest proportion of single-parent households (25.8%) of 27 industrialized countries studied by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

What's Hot? 4/22/11

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

Teen Triangle, Facebook Feud, Leads to Murder of 15-Year-Old

A teen triangle and bitter Facebook feud culminated in the savage killing of a 15-year-old Florida boy.

Teens' Facebook Profiles Affecting College Admissions

How are teens' social media habits affecting college admissions? Apparently a lot. Especially when it comes to their Facebook profiles.

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