Gambling behaviour in adolescents with learning disorders

Abstract

The present study examined the prevalence of disordered gambling behaviours in a community-based sample of adolescents ( N = 532) living in eastern central Ontario. Of particular interest was examining the hypothesis that adolescents with learning disorders are at elevated risk for disordered gambling. Rates of disordered gambling in male adolescents with learning disorders were found to be significantly higher than adolescents without learning problems, even after controlling for negative affectivity and {ADHD} symptomatology. The implications for treatment and intervention of gambling problems in adolescence are discussed.

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