Gambling Attitudinal and Behavioral Patterns and Criminality in a Sample of Las Vegas Area Detained Youth

About the Course:

This exploratory study seeks to better understand gambling patterns in a sample of incarcerated youth from the Las Vegas area. The study uses data derived from surveys administered to 269 incarcerated youth from two southern Nevada detention facilities. Respondents reported attitudes about gambling, frequency, and location of their gambling. In addition, it explores the link between gambling behavior and property crimes, socio-demographic variables, and gang membership.

Journal/Publisher:

Journal of Gambling Issues

Publication Date:

March 2005, Issue 13

Authors

Randy Brown, Ph.D.; Eric Killian; William P. Evans, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Randall Brown, Ph.D., was a member of the Cooperative Extension College at the University of Nevada, Reno, and worked in collaboration with several community agencies in the Las Vegas valley, including the school district and the Juvenile Justice Services. His areas of interest include problem behavior prevention, youth development, needs assessment and evaluation, and multimedia curricula development.

Eric Killian has worked directly with young people, youth professionals, and families for over 20 years. He is currently an Area Extension Specialist for Children, Youth, and Families at Nevada Cooperative Extension, where he focuses on youth leadership, decision-making skills, and improving the quality of programs offered to youth and their families through staff trainings.

William P. Evans, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies and the State Specialist for youth development at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist. His current research interests include youth resiliency issues, the development of youth worker competencies, suicide prevention, evaluation of community-based prevention programs, and school-based family counseling.

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 gambling attitudes and patterns in Las Vegas area detained youth. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the motivation for and questions to be answered by studying gambling attitudinal and behavioral patterns in Las Vegas area detained youth.

  2. Explain the methodology of the reported gambling research study, including procedures, participants, measures, and analysis.

  3. Describe results of the study, including the relationship of gambling attitudes and behavior to gender, age, ethnicity, criminal activity, parental work schedule, and time lived in Las Vegas.

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