Adolescents With Gambling Problems

A Synopsis of Our Current Knowledge

About the Course:

While still in its infancy, the field of gambling research has evolved and added to a better understanding of this complex behavior, its measurement, its social and familial costs, ways of minimizing and preventing gambling problems, and methods of treating individuals with gambling problems. For most adolescents and adults gambling remains a form of entertainment without serious negative consequences. Yet, adolescent pathological gamblers, like their adult counterparts and independent of the negative consequences resulting from their excessive gambling, continue to chase their losses, exhibit a preoccupation with gambling, and have an impaired ability to stop gambling in spite of repeated attempts and their desire to do so. Our current empirical knowledge of youth gambling problems is reviewed and recommendations for future research are provided.

Journal/Publisher:

Journal of Gambling Issues

Publication Date:

February, 2004, Issue 10

Authors

Rina Gupta; Jeffrey L. Derevensky

About the Authors:

Rina Gupta, PhD, is a practicing child psychologist and assistant professor (part-time) at the School of Applied Child Psychology, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at McGill University. She has published widely and focuses her research and social policy work in the area of youth gambling issues. Dr. Gupta is on the editorial board of the Journal of Gambling Studies and is co-director of the McGill University Youth Gambling Research & Treatment Clinic and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors. Dr. Gupta has provided more than 100 clinical and research presentations at national and international conferences, has numerous publications in the field of youth gambling, and has provided expert testimony before a number of provincial and federal commissions in Canada and the United States.

Jeffrey L. Derevensky, PhD, is professor of School of Applied Child Psychology, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, and associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, at McGill University. He is a clinical consultant to numerous hospitals, school boards, government agencies and corporations. Dr. Derevensky has published widely in the field of youth gambling, is associate editor of the Journal of Gambling Studies and is on the editorial board of several journals. Dr. Derevensky is co-director of the McGill University’s Youth Gambling Research & Treatment Clinic and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors.

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 adolescent gambling problems. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the major research into problem gambling conducted over the past years and important developments in the field.

  2. Explain identified risk factors for adolescent problem gambling.

  3. Identify current treatment paradigms for adolescents and young adults and the theoretical approaches on which they are based.

  4. Discuss science-based gambling prevention efforts and tenets of the harm reduction approach.

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