Drivers of Gambling Problems Among Adolescents: Some Evidence from Italy - Maria Daniela Giammanco - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Rivista internazionale di Scienze Sociali

Drivers of Gambling Problems Among Adolescents: Some Evidence from Italy

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Some Evidence from Italy
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journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2021 - 1
title Drivers of Gambling Problems Among Adolescents: Some Evidence from Italy
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 05-2021
doi 10.26350/000518_000063
issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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Juvenile problematic gambling is associated with relevant personal, social, and healthcare costs that may be decreased only by gaining a complete understanding of the multi-faced factors impacting this disorder to implement tailored and efficacious interventions to contrast it. The present contribution, using a sample of 1,160 high secondary school students, investigates, among a group of personal and relational factors, namely the ways of employing one’s own spare time, those that may increase/decrease the chance of becoming a gambler and, once a gambler, those that may increase/decrease the chance of turning into a problematic one. The results obtained enrich the existing literature, not always unanimous in the evidence offered concerning the relation between structured/unstructured activities and gambling attitudes. It may help address problematic juvenile gambling, a relevant public health concern, using a multidimensional headset, acknowledging individual and societal drivers.

keywords

Problematic juvenile gambling, Structured activities, Unstructured activities, Heckman model.

Author biography

Maria Daniela Giammanco, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania, Italy. Email: maria.giammanco@unict.it.

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