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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.
MySpace Decline Accelerating

Between January and February 2011, worldwide unique visitors to MySpace declined by a staggering 14.4% from 73 million visitors to 63 million visitors. It’s about half of the audience they had a year ago.

Melanoma Rates Higher in Wealthy White Women

Adolescent girls and young women living in wealthy communities were more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma in a new study of skin cancer cases in California.

Teen Summer Job Prospects Still Bleak

Teens looking to find seasonal employment aren't likely to find landing that job is any easier this summer than it was a year ago, when teen hiring hit historic lows, a new report shows.

What's Hot? 3/18/11

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

Young Kids Who Drink Learn to Use Alcohol as Coping Mechanism

A new study suggests the earlier kids start with alcohol use, the stronger the association between life stress and drinking as young adults.

12-Year-Olds Flocking to Facebook

Internet traffic monitor, ComScore, figures that 3.6 million of Facebook’s 153 million monthly visitors in the U.S. are under 12, although Facebook requires users to be at least 13-years-old.

Single-sex Lunches Benefit School Children

Single-sex lunches introduced in three schools in America's heartland have helped to reduce misbehavior among students and improve eating habits.

NJ Teens Caught Sexting Would Get Education, Not Prosecution

New Jersey juveniles caught sending sexually explicit photographs via their cell phones would not face criminal prosecution but rather intense education on the ramifications under a bill advanced by the New Jersey Assembly.

What's Hot? 3/11/11

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

Eating Disorders in Teens are Common

Eating disorders in teens are common, affecting over a half-million teens in the U.S. These often occur with other psychiatric problems including suicidal thoughts, and don't just affect girls, according to a new study.

Teens Prefer Liquor to Beer, Hardly Touch Wine

Nearly half of American teen drinkers would rather have a shot of liquor than a bottle of beer, a new study finds.

Smoking Impacts "Decision-Making" Part of Teens' Brains

Researchers at the UCLA found that teens who were the most addicted to nicotine had the least active prefrontal cortex regions of the brain, which control decision-making.

More Teens, Young Adults Are Virgins

A growing number of teens and young adults say they've never had sexual contact with another person, according to the largest and most in-depth federal report to date on sexual behavior.

Teen Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis Later in Life

Smoking marijuana as a teenager or young adult raises your risk of having psychotic symptoms later in life, a new Dutch study shows.

What's Hot? 3/4/11

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

Half of U.S. Men Infected With HPV

What's Hot? 2/25/11

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