Gambling & Teens
CEU’s: 3 Hours
GOAL: To focus on statistical information and case studies of adolescents who demonstrate problems with pathological gambling. To address family of origin issues, abandonment, unresolved grief and abuse that may act as a catalyst for adolescents to succumb to peer pressure and use gambling as a way to deal with their feelings.
The number of teen gamblers in the United States is rising at an alarming rate.
The problem is serious and growing, according to Dr. Durand Jacobs, chief of psychology services at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Loma Linda, California. Jacobs has recently completed the first overview of studies on underage gambling.
Based on independent studies in Connecticut, New Jersey, California and Virginia, 4 to 6 percent of all teenagers meet or exceed the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual’s criteria for “pathological gambler.”
Jacobs said between 40 to 60 percent of the teenagers reported they have gambled for money. That means that as many as seven million high school age kids are gambling on a regular basis and of those, more than one million are experiencing “serious gambling problems.”