Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 287–297 | Cite as

Risk-taking/gambling-like behavior in preschool children

  • Christopher A. Kearney
  • Ronald S. Drabman


The types and characteristics of risk-taking or gambling-like behaviors in children are not well understood. Social learning, as one potential etiological factor of risktaking behavior in preschool children, was empirically examined. Prior to playing a risk-taking game, children in the experimental group were exposed to a peer model who had ostensibly won a large prize, whereas control children were exposed to a peer model who had won nothing. Children in the experimental group initiated more risks to win the large prize in the high-risk situation than children in the control group. The results indicated that modeling can enhance risk-taking/gambling-like behavior in young children. Parallels to compulsive gambling in adults, and recommendations for future research were also discussed.


Young Child Preschool Child Social Learning Etiological Factor Control Child 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher A. Kearney
    • 1
  • Ronald S. Drabman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas Vegas
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, School of MedicineUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJackson

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