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Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 231–239 | Cite as

Gambling Behaviour in Adolescents with Learning Disorders

  • James D. A. Parker
  • Laura J. Summerfeldt
  • Patricia H. Kloosterman
  • Kateryna V. Keefer
  • Robyn N. Taylor
Original Paper

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.

Keywords

Gambling Adolescent health Learning disorders 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Holly Kristensen, Carolyn Watters, and Laura Wood for their help with this project. This research was supported by a research grant to the first two authors from the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre (OPGRC), as well as an Ontario Graduate Scholarship to the third author and graduate scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to the fourth author and OPGRC to the fifth author.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. A. Parker
    • 1
  • Laura J. Summerfeldt
    • 1
  • Patricia H. Kloosterman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kateryna V. Keefer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robyn N. Taylor
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Family Relations and Applied NutritionUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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