Governments typically prohibit adolescents from engaging in government supported gambling and often define adolescent gambling as illegal. Despite that regulation, adolescents still participate in a wide variety of gambling activities and do so at a high rate. Large-scale prevalence studies conducted in several industrialized countries reveal high prevalence rates of adolescent gambling. Reviews of population-based surveys reveal wide ranges in rates of both adolescent lifetime involvement in gambling (21–99%) and regular involvement (1–35%) (Jackson et al. 2008). Many reasons help account for the wide ranges in estimates. Variations likely reflect varying definitions of what constitutes gambling, methodologies, and sampling approaches adopted by studies, and differences in the regulatory environment of jurisdictions where studies were conducted. Despite these variations, researchers increasingly agree that gambling poses, and reflects, considerable risks among adolescents. Gambling’s...
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