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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.
Bullied Teens Far More Likely to Bring Weapon to School

Bullied teens are up to 31 times more likely to bring a weapon to school compared to non-bullied students, according to new research.

Frequent Nightmares May Indicate Bullying in Adolescents

A recent study shows that many children who are bullied may express some of their anxiety through frequent nightmares.

Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates Drop to New Lows

Teen pregnancy rates continue to fall, dropping 15 percent in two years, from 2008 to 2010, and down 51 percent from their 1990 peak, according to a new report.

High Antidepressant Dose Linked to Suicidal Behaviors in Teens

A new study finds the risk for deliberate self harm doubles when depressed young people start treatment with higher than usual doses of antidepressant medications.

What's Hot? 05/02/14

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

Kids Experiencing Less Violence

Fewer American children have been exposed to violent acts such as assault, bullying, sexual victimization and emotional abuse since 2003, a new study finds.

Bullying Rates in Schools Drop Among American Teens

American teens are much less likely to engage in bullying than they were a decade ago, new research suggests.

Adolescent Drinking Linked to Risky Behavior in Adult Rats

A new study conducted in rats offers clues about how teen drinking alters brain chemistry, suggesting early alcohol use has long-term effects on decision-making.

Pot and Booze Combo More Dangerous for Teen Drivers Than Alcohol Alone

Teenagers who mix alcohol and marijuana are more likely to be dangerous on the road than teens who use one or the other drug, a new study suggests.

What's Hot? 04/25/14

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

Altruistic Teens Less Likely to Become Depressed

It is better to give than to receive --- at least if you're an adolescent and you enjoy giving, a new study suggests.

Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5M for Refinements

Yik Yak, the anonymous social media app company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its hyper-local chatting app.

Too Little Sleep May Add to Teen Health Problems

Many teens get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds.

Concussions Increase Risk of Teen Suicide

In addition to hindering cognitive function, concussions can also increase suicidal tendencies in teenagers, according to a new study.

Loud Talking and Rowdiness Adds to Risks for Teen Drivers

While texting and talking on a cell phone is hazardous for young drivers, old-fashioned distractions such as loud conversations and rowdy passengers also increase risks for teen drivers, according to a new study.

What's Hot? 04/18/14

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

Even Casual Marijuana Use Can Alter Young Brains

A new study shows that young adults who smoke marijuana--even just recreationally--had marked abnormalities in areas of their brains that regulate emotion and motivation.

Video Games Do Not Negatively Impact Teen Academic Performance

A new study using worldwide scholastic results found that video games to not have a negative impact on teen academic performance.

For Many Teens Formal Sex Education Is Too Late

According to a new study among teen girls who were sexually experienced, 83% told interviewers that they didn’t get formal sex education until after they’d lost their virginity.

2014 Prom Spending Down But Still Costly

Visa's annual prom survey shows that the cost families expect to pay this year is down from 2013. But the costs are still shockingly high, averaging just under $1,000.

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