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Early Sex, Drugs More Common Among Teens With Half-Siblings

Teens who have half-siblings -- brothers or sisters with a different father -- are more likely to use drugs and have sex by age 15 than teens with only full siblings, according to a new study.

Risk of Adult Anxiety Seen in Children's Stomachaches

Children with chronic stomach pains are at high risk for anxiety disorders in adolescence and young adulthood, a new study has found, suggesting that parents may wish to have their children evaluated at some point for anxiety.

Tweets between the Sheets

Smartphones and tablets are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Increasingly they’re our constant source of news and entertainment. Sometimes it seems like these devices are surgically attached to our hands – but this reliance on smart technology is also demanding us to make decisions about what we prioritize and how we will steward our time.

Some Depressed Adolescents at Higher Risk for Anxiety

Some adolescents who suffer with symptoms of depression also may be at risk for developing anxiety, according to a new study of children's mental health.

Propaganda 101

For most of us, we see or hear “propaganda” and instantly think of it in negative terms. In truth, it simply means attempting to “propagate” an idea, hence the term. As a result, it can be used to incite war or fight disease, foster unity or stir discrimination.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 12, 2013 |
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A Daughter Shares Her Father’s Influence

A father’s influence on his daughter’s life can mean the difference between her entering a good marriage or a bad one.

What's Hot? 8/9/13

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

Tackling Disruptive Behavior in Childhood May Prevent Substance Abuse in Adolescence

Providing a two-year intervention program to disruptive kindergarten children could help prevent substance use in adolescence, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

VIDEO: Do You Know This is More Dangerous than Drinking and Driving?

An AT&T survey found that 49 percent of commuters admitted to texting while behind the wheel – a higher rate than reported by teenagers.

The Russian Demographic Crisis: Resisting the Influence of a Sexualized Culture

Russian president Vladimir Putin ignited outrage among the pro-homosexual community by signing into law a ban on homosexual adoption. The new law also prohibits adoption by single parent households. While these latter measures are no doubt draconian, they nonetheless represent a growing realization within Russian society, namely: sexual anarchy has proven devastating to the future of their civilization.

I Hate It When I'm Right

The one thing many of us warned about in relation to gay marriage, and those who disagreed said, “You’re being ridiculous,” well…it’s happening.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 08, 2013 |
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Dad Matters Flies the Frantic Skies

Focus on the Family’s blog for fathers, Dad Matters, has a great mix of content written by some of the dads on our staff.

Gene May Lead to Abusive Parenting During Tough Times

Researchers say a specific gene might make parents more likely to abuse their children during tough times, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

How God Used a Young Man with Special Needs to Communicate on His Behalf

A few weeks ago I shared a moving video about a young couple and their unborn child that inspired many of you to tell me your own stories of love, loss and the dignity of every human life. Today I want to tell you how that video came to be – and to introduce you to the two very special men, a real-life father and son, who starred in the short feature “A Letter from Dad.”

Teen Smoking Influenced by Parents, Older Siblings

Teens of a parent who smoked -- even if the mother or father quit before the teen was born -- are more likely to smoke than those whose parents are nonsmokers, a new study finds. Having an older brother or sister who smokes also raises the odds that a teen will pick up the habit.

What the Pope Said About Homosexuality

Pope Francis’ comments on homosexuality late last month made headlines around the world.

Twenty Reasons Why Your Church May Not Be Growing

I have a conviction. Disagree with it if you want, but I believe it to the core of my being. God wants churches to grow.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 05, 2013 |
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Bullied Kids More Likely to Commit Crimes as Adults

People who were bullied throughout childhood and adolescence are more likely than others to engage in delinquent or criminal behavior later in life, a new study finds.

Is This Why A-Rod Took Drugs?

The suspension of thirteen Major League Baseball stars today is a sordid and layered story, to be sure. That the investigation has played out over the course of several years is just one indication of the many protagonists and antagonists (and a whole lot of money) in the mix. Simply put, it’s a mess.

Majority of American Teens Delay Getting a Driver's License

A new study finds only 44 percent of U.S. teens had obtained a driver's license within 12 months of the minimum age for licensing in their state.

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