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Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 61–77 | Cite as

Delinquency among pathological gamblers: A causal approach

  • Gerhard Meyer
  • Thomas Fabian
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Abstract

In a comprehensive research project on gamblers in self-help groups in West Germany one object of investigation was the question of whether or not pathological gambling has a criminogenic effect. 54.5% of the 437 members of Gamblers Anonymous interviewed stated that they had committed illegal actions in order to obtain money for gambling. Comparisons of this sub-group with those interviewees who did not admit having committed criminal offences show distinct differences: Those who admitted illegal action were more excessive in their gambling behavior and experienced a higher degree of subjective satisfaction through gambling. They also showed a more pronounced problem behavior and more psychosocial problems because of gambling. A multiple regression within the framework of path analysis was computed in order to explore causal links between pathological gambling and delinquency. The results support the hypothesis that pathological gambling can lead to delinquent behavior. Forensic implications are discussed.

Keywords

Problem Behavior Distinct Difference Path Analysis Causal Link Pathological Gambling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhard Meyer
    • 1
  • Thomas Fabian
    • 2
  1. 1.Studiengang Psychologie, SportturmUniversität BremenBremen 33Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Bremer Institut für GerichtspsychologieGermany

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