Gambling During Adolescence

  • Angela D. Mooss
  • Jennifer Zorland
Reference work entry

Children and adolescents between the ages of 13–18 have become increasingly vulnerable to problem gambling in the United States and Canada. Furthermore, young adults engaging in gambling activities are more likely to drink alcohol and use other illegal substances, as well as have poorer school performances (Daghestani, Elenz, & Crayton, 1996; Huang & Boyer, 2007). For youth populations, problem gambling often leads to behavioral, psychological, social, academic, and interpersonal problems including delinquency, criminal acts, poor academic performance, school truancy, disrupted familial and peer relationships, and even suicide (Hardoon & Derevensky, 2002). Warning signs for youth problem gambling can also include unexplained absences from school or work; grades dropping; stealing money to gamble; preoccupation with gambling, lying, cheating, or stealing; and gambling to escape worries.

Definition and Scope

Pathological gambling was recognized in 1980 by the DSM-III and is currently...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CERCA Consulting, LLC and Behavioral Science Research InstituteMiami BeachUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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