Current Addiction Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 157–165 | Cite as

Youth Gambling Behavior: Novel Approaches to Prevention and Intervention

  • Renee St-Pierre
  • Jeffrey L. DerevenskyEmail author
Adolescent Substance Abuse (T Chung, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Adolescent Substance Abuse


While gambling has been traditionally viewed as an adult activity there has been a growing body of research suggesting its popularity amongst adolescents. Despite findings that suggest that most youth gamble in a relatively responsible manner and have few negative gambling-related behaviors there is strong evidence that they constitute a vulnerable group for gambling disorders. The current paper addresses our current knowledge concerning the prevention of youth gambling problems and provides new potential strategies for helping young individuals experiencing a gambling disorder. While the research lacks strong evidence for best practices, a number of novel approaches to the prevention and treatment of gambling disorders for youth are discussed.


Youth gambling Adolescent risky behaviors Gambling prevention Intervention 


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Renee St-Pierre and Jeffrey L. Derevensky declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk BehaviorsMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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