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NCJ Number: 180679 Find in a Library
Title: Pathological Gambling and Related Problems Among Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:8  Issue:4  Dated:1999  Pages:55-68
Author(s): Robert Ladouceur; Normand Boudreault; Christian Jacques; Frank Vitaro
Editor(s): Frank De Piano Ph.D.; Vincent B. Van Hasselt Ph.D.
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The prevalence of pathological gambling and related problems was investigated for a sample of 3,426 students in junior and senior high schools in Quebec City, Canada.
Abstract: Questionnaires were distributed during the winter of 1996 to obtain information on the prevalence of pathological gambling, self-reported delinquency, grades, drug and alcohol use, and suicidal behaviors. Results indicated that 87 percent of adolescents had gambled in their lifetime; 77 percent had gambled in the last 12 months, and 13 percent had gambled at least once a week. More than twice as many boys (18.8 percent) than girls (8 percent) gambled every week. The rate of pathological gamblers among adolescents was 2.6 percent. This rate was higher among boys (3.7 percent) than girls (1.5 percent). Pathological gambling was associated with drug and alcohol use, poor grades, and delinquent behaviors. Practical and theoretical ramifications of the findings are discussed. 37 references, 3 tables, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime in foreign countries; Drug abuse; Female juvenile delinquents; Gambling; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile suicide; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Male juvenile delinquents; Self-report studies; Students; Underage Drinking
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