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Gender differences in adolescent gambling.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16402759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Although adolescent gambling has been linked to a wide array of risk behaviors, little is known regarding the correlates of gambling in adolescent girls as compared with adolescent boys. METHODS: We examined by logistic regression a nationally representative U.S. sample (n = 534) of 16- and 17-year-olds from the 1998 Gambling Impact and Behavior Study (GIBS) (1) to investigate the influence of gender on: 1) the association between gambling and psychiatric symptomatology; and, 2) gambling attitudes and behaviors. RESULTS: Gambling was associated with elevated rates of alcohol use and abuse/dependence in both boys and girls, and dysphoria/depression in girls only. Boy gamblers reported heavier gambling and higher rates of gambling problems than did girl gamblers. CONCLUSIONS: Adolescent gambling may be associated with more severe psychiatric symptoms in girls than in boys, though future research will be needed to replicate and extend these findings. Gender considerations are important in understanding youth gambling and the relationship between gambling and psychiatric disorders in adolescents.
Rani A Desai; Paul K Maciejewski; Michael V Pantalon; Marc N Potenza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of clinical psychiatry : official journal of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1040-1237     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Clin Psychiatry     Publication Date:    2005 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-11     Completed Date:  2006-03-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8911021     Medline TA:  Ann Clin Psychiatry     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  249-58     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry and Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women's Health Research, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06519, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Depression / epidemiology
Gambling / psychology*
Impulse Control Disorders / epidemiology*,  psychology*
Logistic Models
Sex Distribution
Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
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