Problem and Pathological Gambling in a Sample of Casino Patrons

UCLA Gambling Studies Program, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, USA.
Journal of Gambling Behavior (Impact Factor: 1.28). 03/2011; 27(1):35-47. DOI: 10.1007/s10899-010-9200-6
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