Coping Strategies Employed by Adolescents with Gambling Problems

  • authors:

    Jeffrey Derevensky, Rina Gupta, Nancy Marget
  • published in

    : 2004
  • summary

    : This study explored the relationship between coping styles, gambling behaviours and substance use amongst adolescents. Method:  Five hundred and eighty-seven students, aged 12 to 17, volunteered to participate and completed all scales. Participants completed a gambling screen (DSM-IV-J), coping scale (CISS), and a questionnaire developed to assess types and patterns of gambling behaviours (GAQ). Results:  The results suggest that those youths who gamble excessively exhibit coping styles that are more emotion based, avoidant, and distraction-oriented. Conclusions:  The results suggest a need to teach high-risk youth more effective active coping strategies in order to minimise their potential for engaging in addictive behaviours. Such efforts should form a substantial part of school-based prevention initiatives.
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  • type

    : article in serial publication
  • publisher

    : Blackwell Publishing
  • is part of a publication

    : Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • volume

    : 9
  • issue

    : 3
  • copyright

    : © 2009 Ingenta
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 115 - end page: 120
  • keywords

    : adolescence , coping and adaptive behaviours , gambling problem
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