J Gambl Stud https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-018-9778-7 ORIGINAL PAPER The Stimulating Nature of Gambling Behaviors: Relationships Between Stimulant Use and Gambling Among Adolescents 1 2,3 4 1 Jérémie Richard · Marc N. Potenza · William Ivoska · Jeffrey Derevensky © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Adolescence represents a significant developmental period during which exper - imentation with high-risk behaviors including substance use and gambling often occurs. These high-risk behaviors have been associated with multiple negative measures of social, academic and psychological functioning. Although associations have been established between alcohol use, marijuana use, mental health problems, and problem gambling in youth, research investigating possible associations between stimulant drug use and gam- bling is scarce. Questionnaire responses were collected from 6542 high-school students aged 12–19 years. Relationships between types and patterns of gambling with stimulant drugs [including cocaine, methamphetamine, non-medical use of stimulants, and 3,4-meth- ylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)] were examined. Chi square analyses with odds ratio calculations revealed the use of any stimulant was associated with an increased odds of gambling frequency and problem gambling among both males and females. Self- reported use of crack cocaine was associated with a higher risk of frequent gambling and use of methamphetamines was associated with a higher risk of at-risk/problem
Journal of Gambling Studies – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 2, 2018
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