Prevalence of problem gambling: a replication study 7 years later

Ladouceur, Robert; Jacques, Christian; Ferland, Francine; Giroux, Isabelle; Ladouceur, R; Jacques, C; Ferland, F; Giroux, I
October 1999
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry;Oct1999, Vol. 44 Issue 8, p802
Academic Journal
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Objectives: To investigate the relationship between availability of gambling activities and participation in gambling, maximum amount of money lost in 1 day to gambling, and number of pathological gamblers.Method: Two random samples (1002 and 1257 adults) were surveyed 7 years apart using the South Oaks Gambling Screen to identify pathological gamblers.Results: Seven years later, significantly more people reported having gambled, and the number of pathological gamblers had increased by 75%.Conclusions: These findings support the hypothesis that increases in the availability of gambling are related to increases in the number of problem gamblers.


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