Prevalence of pathological gambling and associated problems in individuals who visit non-gambling video arcades
The objective of the present study was to investigate the gambling behavior of individuals who frequent non-gambling video games arcades. One hundred and twenty two subjects (mean age of 19.2 years (SD=5.5); males constituted 82.8%) who spend time in arcades completed the South Oaks Gambling Screen and the Jacob's Health Survey. The results showed that 10.7% were identified as probable pathological gamblers and 14.8% were problem gamblers. The frequency of visits to arcades for non-gambling activities appeared to be correlated with the extent to which individuals gamble, and is furthermore associated with pathological gambling. The rate of pathological gamblers who frequent arcades is more than twice as high as the rates reported in other studies with adolescents and adults.
KeywordsHealth Survey Video Game Problem Gambler Pathological Gambler Gambling Behavior
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