Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 363–375 | Cite as

Self-perception of Gambling Problems among Adolescents Identified as At-risk or Problem Gamblers

  • Jessica M. Cronce
  • William R. Corbin
  • Marvin A. Steinberg
  • Marc N. Potenza
Original Paper


The relative influence of perceived familial addictive behaviors and personal gambling behaviors on adolescents’ self-perceptions of gambling problems was examined. Students from five high schools in Connecticut (N = 3,886) were surveyed. Of those between the ages of 14 and 17 who scored two or more on the South Oaks Gambling Screen—Revised for Adolescents (n = 532; 72% male; 43% Caucasian), 14.3% reported having a current or past problem with gambling. Wagering larger amounts in a single day, gambling on a daily basis, and perceived presence of a family member with a gambling problem were associated with increased odds of self-perception of a gambling problem. Thus, adolescents who may be less likely to be identified for prevention efforts (due to lack of engagement in high stakes gambling or the real/perceived absence of a problematic gambler in the home) appear less likely to perceive a gambling problem. To advance prevention and treatment strategies, the apparent discrepancy between adolescents’ self-perceptions and objective reports of problem gambling behaviors warrants further investigation.


Gambling Adolescents Self-perception At-risk Problem 



The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge constructive comments made by Drs. Kelly D. Brownell and Teresa A. Treat to earlier versions of this manuscript. This manuscript was written in partial fulfillment of requirements for the degree of Master of Science. Preliminary results from this study were previously presented at the International Symposium on Problem Gambling and Co-Occurring Disorders in Mystic, Connecticut in October, 2004. The current study was supported in part through NIDA (R01 DA019039), the Veteran’s Administration (MIRECC VISN1 and REAP), and Women’s Health Research at Yale.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica M. Cronce
    • 1
  • William R. Corbin
    • 1
  • Marvin A. Steinberg
    • 2
  • Marc N. Potenza
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Connecticut Council on Problem GamblingGuilfordUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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