Drivers of Gambling Problems Among Adolescents: Some Evidence from Italy
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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.
keywordsProblematic juvenile gambling, Structured activities, Unstructured activities, Heckman model.
Author biographyMaria Daniela Giammanco, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania, Italy. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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