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A sample of 1,612 adolescents from nine different high schools in the region of Québec city completed a questionnaire developed by Lesieur and Klein (1987) concerning their gambling behavior. Seventy-six percent had gambled once in their lifetime, 65% placed a bet in the last year and 24% gambled at least once a week. Of those who had gambled, 5.6% wanted to stop playing but reported they were unable to do so, while 1.7% were considered to be pathological gamblers. Practical and social implications of these results are discussed.

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The authors wish to thank Valerie Lorenz and Henry Lesieur for their helpful comments.

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Ladouceur, R., Mireault, C. Gambling behaviors among high school students in the Quebec area. J Gambling Stud 4, 3–12 (1988).

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