Pathways of Youth Gambling Problem Severity.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA.
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (Impact Factor: 2.75). 04/2005; 19(1):104-7. DOI: 10.1037/0893-164X.19.1.104
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Prospective studies are needed to advance knowledge of the developmental features of gambling involvement and associated problems. Developmental pathways of youth gambling problem severity (no problem gambling, at-risk gambling, and problem gambling) are described on the basis of a 3-wave data set that spans midadolescence to young adulthood (N=305). The most prevalent group was the resistors (no problem gambling at all data points); 60% of study participants were in this group. New incidence cases (no problem gambling followed by at-risk or problem gambling) and desistors (at-risk or problem gambling followed by no problem gambling) were found among 21% and 13% of participants, respectively. Only 4% of cases were persistors, that is, at-risk or problem gambling at all 3 data waves. Findings are discussed in light of extant research on adolescent gambling that heretofore has not benefited from a developmental pathway perspective.

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    • "This exploratory study analysed data from a large prospective study of Australian youth to investigate temporal changes in young adult gambling behaviour and examine: (1) the prevalence of sub-groups with similar patterns of PG behaviour over time (defined as resistance , persistence, desistance, and new incidence; Winters et al., 2005); (2) social developmental and behavioural risk and protective factors for these PG patterns; and (3) young adult behavioural outcomes associated with these PG patterns. The social developmental risk and protective constructs were selected based on their established associations with PG (Scholes-Balog et al., 2014) and other problem behaviours (e.g., Hemphill, Heerde, Herrenkohl, et al., 2011), and were drawn from the Communities That Care (CTC) youth survey. "
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    • "Of course, this assumes that individuals with mild or few symptoms of PG are at increased risk of later developing full criteria for PG. In fact other developmental pathways are possible, such as being at-risk and then becoming a social/nonproblematic gambler (Winters et al., 2005), or continuing at the same risk level. Given the cross-sectional nature of these data, temporal or causal interpretations are yet not possible. "

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    • "It is important for developmental research to examine phenomena in focal, circumscribed developmental periods with high relevance for a given phenotype, as we do in the present study. Evidence that gambling is highly prevalent and consequential during emerging adulthood (Winters et al. 2005) underscores the importance of the present study. Nonetheless , the absence of other age groups in the present study prevents us from drawing direct age-based comparisons, and this represents an important direction for future research. "
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