Criminal Behavior Associated with Pathological Gambling

  • authors:

    Gerhard Meyer, Michael A. Stadler
  • published in

    : 1999
  • summary

    : The influence of addictive gambling behavior on criminal behavior was examined in this study. A sample of pathological gamblers from in- and outpatient treatment centers and self-help groups (n = 300) and a sample of high and low frequency gamblers from the general population and army (n = 274) completed a comprehensive questionnaire which assessed social attachment, personality, pathological gambling and criminal behavior variables. The causal analysis of a Lisrel Model leads to the following results: addictive gambling behavior is an important criminogenic factor. This predisposing factor alone cannot sufficiently explain criminal behavior associated with pathological gambling. Personality variables also directly influence the intensity of criminal behavior. Social attachment variables have only an indirect effect. As far as property offenses are concerned, it was found that the direct causal effect of addiction behavior is greater than that of personality.
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  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Springer Netherlands
  • is part of a publication

    : Journal of Gambling Studies
  • volume

    : 15
  • issue

    : 1
  • copyright

    : © Springer
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 29 - end page: 43
  • keywords

    : crime , criminal behaviour , gambling , gambling problem , pathological gambler , pathological gamblers , pathological gambling , problem gambling
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