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Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 227–238 | Cite as

Young Adult Gambling Behaviors and their Relationship with the Persistence of ADHD

  • Jessie L. Breyer
  • Andria M. Botzet
  • Ken C. Winters
  • Randy D. Stinchfield
  • Gerald August
  • George Realmuto
Original Paper

Abstract

Young adulthood is a period renowned for engagement in impulsive and risky behaviors, including gambling. There are some indications that young adults exhibit higher gambling rates in comparison to older adults. Problem gambling has also been linked to ADHD. This longitudinal study examines the relationship between gambling and ADHD among an epidemiological sample of young adults (n = 235; males = 179, females = 56) aged 18-24. Results indicate that individuals who report childhood ADHD symptoms which persist into young adulthood experience greater gambling problem severity than participants with no ADHD or those with non-persistent ADHD.

Keywords

ADHD Gambling Young adulthood 

Notes

Acknowledgment

This study was supported by National Institute on Drug Abuse grants DA12995 and DA14717 (Winters).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessie L. Breyer
    • 1
  • Andria M. Botzet
    • 1
  • Ken C. Winters
    • 1
  • Randy D. Stinchfield
    • 1
  • Gerald August
    • 1
  • George Realmuto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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