Considering a critique of pathological gambling prevalence research

Abstract

Comments on an article by Martin Young (see record 2012-34511-001). In this comment, we consider four primary issues associated with Young's conjecture that the gambling industries have flourished as a direct result of diagnostic and epidemiological research program influences. First, we discuss the putative causal relationship between the expansion of gambling industries and psychiatric epidemiology of disordered gambling. Second, we review the taxometric status of disordered gamblers within the psychiatric nosology. Third, we consider the locus of responsibility for gambling-related problems. Fourth, we highlight the absence of an increase in the prevalence of gambling disorders despite dramatic growth in the gambling industries during the end of the twentieth century. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

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