Gambling During Older Adulthood

  • Jennifer Zorland
  • Angela D. Mooss
  • Gabriel Kuperminc
  • James G. Emshoff
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Increases in the availability and scope of legal gambling opportunities have coincided with an increase in the number of people who gamble, the amount that is wagered, and in the prevalence of gambling problems. The rates of pathological gambling among adults in states where gambling has been legalized for over 20 years have been assessed at 1.5 %, while in states where gambling has been legal for less than 10 years, rates are under 0.5 % (Volberg, 1994). Gambling has gone through periods of being banned in the USA but has experienced resurgence since Nevada re-legalized the practice in the 1930s. In the 1960s, the first state lottery was developed in New Hampshire which led to gambling being marketed by the government as opposed to merely being tolerated. In 1988, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was passed, and the legitimacy of gambling continues to grow as the government seeks new ways to create revenue (Volberg; Wellford, 2001).

Furthermore, the introduction of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Zorland
    • 1
  • Angela D. Mooss
    • 2
  • Gabriel Kuperminc
    • 1
  • James G. Emshoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.CERCA Consulting, LLC and Behavioral Science Research InstituteMiami BeachUSA

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