Gambling Problems in Youth: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives

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Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Rina Gupta
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 27, 2004 - Psychology - 263 pages
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Howard J. Shaffer, Ph. D. More than 20 years ago, I first noted that young people in North America were growing up in a context of legalized gambling for their entire lifetime. By the 1980s, for young people, gambling had become an average and expectable part of the social landscape. Amid legal opportunities to gamble in all but two of the United States and with illicit opportunities to gamble in every state, gambling is now ubiquitous in America. With few social sa- tions to limit a young person’s interest in gambling—like their adult co- terparts—young people now gamble in larger numbers and for seemingly higher stakes. Gradually, gambling-related problems became more visible for young people and the culture slowly but increasingly took notice. By the late 1990s, every sector of American and Canadian society had started to c- sider the effects of legalized gambling on youth. For different reasons, r- resentatives of the gambling and health care industries led the movement to prevent youthful gambling and reconcile existing problems whenever p- sible. Scientists also recognized that there was much to be learned by stu- ing young gamblers. Toward the end of the 20th century, there was a rapid increase in gambling research focusing on developmental issues; half of what is known about gambling emerged during the 1990s. This volume represents an important event in the continuing growth of a field.
 

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Contents

Youth Gambling in North America Longterm Trends and Future Prospects
1
YOUTH GAMBLING PROBLEMS CORRELATES AND RISK FACTORS
25
Demographic Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors Associated with Youth Gambling and Problem Gambling
27
Gambling Depression and Suicidality in Adolescents
41
Gambling and Drug Abuse in Adolescence
57
Adolescent Problem Gambling Neurodevelopment and Pharmacological Treatment
81
NEW TECHNOLOGIES
99
Youth and Technology The Case of Gambling VideoGame Playing and the Internet
101
The Measurement of Youth Gambling Problems Current Instruments Methodological Issues and Future Directions
121
8 A Dynamic Process Perspective on Gambling Problems
145
A Treatment Approach for Adolescents with Gambling Problems
165
A Pathways Approach to Treating Youth Gamblers
189
Prevention Efforts Toward Reducing Gambling Problems
213
Youth Gambling Problems A Need for Responsible Social Policy
233
Index
255
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