Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 23–46 | Cite as

Individual, Family, and Peer Correlates of Adolescent Gambling

  • Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
  • Paul Rohde
  • John R. Seeley
  • Martin L. Rohling

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to determine the individual, family, and peer factors that correlate with adolescent gambling. High school students from three states (N = 1,846) completed an anonymous questionnaire assessing the behavior of themselves, their parents, and their peers. Participants also reported on their gambling behavior via the SOGS-RA, which was used to create five adolescent gambling groups (i.e., Non-Gamblers, Non-Problem Gamblers, At-Risk Gamblers, Problem Gamblers, and Probable Pathological Gamblers). In a discriminant function analysis using demographic, individual, family, and peer factors as potential discriminators, two functions emerged that accounted for 94% of the variance between groups. The first function was linear, with the Probable Pathological Gamblers reporting the highest level of peer and parent gambling, susceptibility to peer pressure, conduct problems, binge drinking, suicide attempts, drug use, and being male. The second function highlighted three unique qualities of individuals in the two outlying groups: Probable Pathological Gamblers and Non-Gamblers. These findings suggest that demographic, individual, family, and peer variables are all important correlates of probable pathological gambling in adolescents. Results also support the utility of a five-group classification scheme based on the SOGS-RA. The clinical implications of these results are discussed.

adolescent problem gambling correlates risk-taking peers family 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
    • 1
  • Paul Rohde
    • 2
  • John R. Seeley
    • 2
  • Martin L. Rohling
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South AlabamaMobile
  2. 2.Oregon Research InstituteUSA
  3. 3.University of South AlabamaUSA

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