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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.
Tanning Laws Linked to Less Tanning in Teen Girls

Girls in states with age limits and other restrictions have lower indoor tanning rates.

What's Hot? 02/14/14

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

Teen Consumption of Energy Drinks Linked to Substance Use

Nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or "shots," and these teens report higher rates of alcohol, cigarette, or drug use, reports a study in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Violent Video Games Can Stunt Moral Judgment

Spending too much time playing violent video games can delay a teen gamer's ability to tell the difference between right and wrong, a new Canadian study says.

Teens Feeling Stressed, Many Not Managing It Well

Teens across the USA are feeling high levels of stress that they say negatively affect every aspect of their lives, a new national survey suggests.

Teens' Relationship With Parents Impacts Future Romantic Relationships

The type of relationship a teen shares with his or her parents directly impacts how successful his future romantic relationships will be, a new study finds.

What's Hot? 02/07/14

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

Study: Teen Media Use, No Sleep, and Little Exercise Increases Risk of Mental Illness

According to a new study, cell phone use, sleep deprivation, and a lack of exercise, together, can point to mental illness in teens.

Heavy Teen Marijuana Use May Lead to Abnormal Brain

According to a recent research study, pot may be poorly affecting the memory and reasoning capability of teens using the drug heavily.

5 Social Media Apps Parents Should Know About

Five new social media apps are growing in popularity and it is important for parents to know about because many come with maturity warnings and are rife with problems.

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.

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