What Are the Chances? A Look at the Similarities and Differences Between Predictors of Juvenile Substance Abuse and Juvenile Problem Gambling Behavior and Their Relationship to Predictors of Adult Problem Gambling Behavior

Roberta E. Gealt, University of Delaware
Daniel J. O'Connell, University of Delaware
Erika A. Harrell, University of Delaware
Russell B. Silverberg, University of Delaware
George Meldrum, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems,Inc
Steven S. Martin, University of Delaware

Growth of the gaming industry has led to new awareness of gambling addiction among adults, parallels with substance abuse and dependency, and attempts to define populations at risk. More recently, problematic gambling behavior among juveniles has become an issue. This research, utilizing data froma 2001 survey of Delaware public middle and high school students, investigates the similarities and differences in the relationships between youth gambling and youth substance abuse and relevant risk/resiliency factors, including parental relationships and school involvement. Predictors of juvenile problem gambling behavior are compared with predictors of adult problem gambling behavior in the same geographic region. (This research was supported by HHS Cooperative Agreement number (U1F SPO8192.)

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