Delinquency among pathological gamblers: A causal approach

  • authors:

    Thomas Fabian, Gerhard Meyer
  • published in

    : 1992
  • summary

    : In a comprehensive research project on gamblers in self-help groups in West Germany one object of investigation was the question of whether or not pathological gambling has a criminogenic effect. 54.5% of the 437 members of Gamblers Anonymous interviewed stated that they had committed illegal actions in order to obtain money for gambling. Comparisons of this sub-group with those interviewees who did not admit having committed criminal offences show distinct differences: Those who admitted illegal action were more excessive in their gambling behavior and experienced a higher degree of subjective satisfaction through gambling. They also showed a more pronounced problem behavior and more psychosocial problems because of gambling. A multiple regression within the framework of path analysis was computed in order to explore causal links between pathological gambling and delinquency. The results support the hypothesis that pathological gambling can lead to delinquent behavior. Forensic implications are discussed. This article is a revised version of a paper presented at the Eighth International Conference on Risk and Gambling in London, U.K., August 15–17, 1990. The content and presentation of this article has benefited from the comments of Agnes Roemer, Department of Psychology, University of Bremen.
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  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Springer Netherlands
  • is part of a publication

    : Journal of Gambling Studies
  • volume

    : 8
  • issue

    : 1
  • copyright

    : © Springer
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 61 - end page: 77
  • keywords

    : causal approach , delinquency , pathological gambling
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