Youth Gambling: A Public Health Perspective

About the Course:

This paper attempts to apply health promotion theory to youth gambling and describes a conceptual framework and model. Strategies focus on addressing risk and protective factors through community mobilization, health communication, and policy development.


Journal of Gambling Issues

Publication Date:

Issue 14, September 2005


Carmen Messerlian and Jeffrey L. Derevensky

About the Author:

The authors are associated with McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about a public health perspective on youth gambling. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss previous research findings regarding the prevalence of and problems associated with youth gambling.

  2. Explain models and framework for viewing youth gambling and the movement toward a public health perspective.

  3. Identify strategies for public health action and responsible social policy regarding gambling among youth.

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