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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 Concussions Increase Risk for Depression

Teens with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

What's Hot? 01/10/14

What's Hot? 1/10/14

Teenagers Who Drink Say They Have More Friends

According to a new study, teens who report occasional drinking and getting drunk tend to have higher "social connectedness" then their abstaining peers.

Sexting in Middle School Means More Sex for Preteens and Teens

More high school students are sending and receiving sext messages or photos, and that makes them more likely to engage in other types of sexual activity as well. Now researchers say the same trends are trickling down to younger students in middle school, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Teen Drivers Start Cautiously, Grow Careless With Time

Teen drivers are very cautious behind the wheel when they first start driving, but as time passes they begin to engage in potentially risky behaviors such as talking on cellphones, eating and talking to other passengers.

What's Hot? 1/3/14

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

Doctors Spend Little Time Talking About Sex with Teen Patients

A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics has revealed that many doctors spend very little time discussing sex with their teenage patients – if they do at all.

Teen Eating Disorders May Impact Weight Later

Young teens who binge eat and those who are fearful of weight gain may be more likely to become overweight later in adolescence, according to a new study.

Majority of Porn in U.S. is Viewed on Smartphones

Porn aggregator PornHub finds that in 2013, 52% of its adult content was viewed through a smartphone, representing a 47% increase over 2012.

What's Hot? 12/20/13

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

Instagram Passes Twitter on Mobile Devices

Nielsen Co. has found that Instagram, the photo and video-sharing app, has an average monthly smartphone audience of 32 million, compared with Twitter's 30.8 million.

Teens Shun Synthetic Marijuana, but Smoke More of the Real Thing

Teens are shunning synthetic marijuana, such as K2 and Spice, but smoking more of the real thing, according to the findings of the annual Monitoring the Future survey.

Teen Pot Use Could Hurt Brain and Memory

Teenage pot smokers could be damaging brain structures critical to memory and reasoning, according to new research that found changes in the brains of heavy users.

Mothers of Young Children Spend Most Time with Smartphones

Smartphones serve as escape, social tool for newly busy mothers of young children.

What's Hot? 12/13/13

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

Cutting Increasing Among Adolescents

A new study finds teenage girls are more likely than teenage boys to self-harm.

Millennial Holiday Tech Wishlist [INFOGRAPHIC]

It's already well into the holiday shopping season and it's likely that your teenager is hoping to find some new tech under the tree. According to a recent poll, here's what they want...

Study: Movie Violence Accompanied by Smoking, Drinking, Sex

Violent movie characters are also likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual behavior in films rated appropriate for children over 12, according to a new study.

Teen Athletes Prone to Drink, Less Likely to Use Drugs

Participating in sports may have many benefits, but it also raises the chances adolescents will abuse alcohol, according to a new review of the evidence by Canadian researchers.

What's Hot? 12/06/13

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

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