Gambling: Normal Adolescent Activity or Pathologic Addiction?

Selekman, Janice
July 2008
Pediatric Nursing;Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p325
Academic Journal
A 15-year-old comes to the school counselor. He owes $4,000 in gambling debts to a sports-betting bookie, and he doesn't have the money. He is afraid. Yet, 2 weeks later, he bet on the Super Bowl and won $3,000. A 14-year-old limits his betting to $20 and $30; he only bets what he has and he is happy with his successes. A 17-year-old was born with a malformed arm and cannot play sports; instead, he makes bets on sports games. He sells his belongings to get the money he needs; right now, he owes $700. Are the behaviors of these teens unusual?


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