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Gambling: spreading among students in Palermo

Fabio Venturella, Anastasia Valentina Liga, Marco Giammanco, Giulia Cancellieri
  • Fabio Venturella
    Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science and Technologies Department, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Anastasia Valentina Liga
    Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science and Technologies Department, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Marco Giammanco
    Department of Experimental Biomedicine and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Giulia Cancellieri
    Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science and Technologies Department, University of Palermo, Italy | giulia.cancellieri@hotmail.it

Abstract

Adolescents represent a particularly high-risk group and they are also vulnerable to the development of gambling related problems. Thanks to technological advances in gaming industry (slot machines, video lottery terminals, casino-types games) new form of gambling are continuously appearing. With the purpose of having an idea about the spreading of gambling among the students of Palermo, a survey has been conducted through administration of questionnaires during the period from January to May 2017: this study involved 1622 students (686 boys and 936 girls) between the age of 14 and 19. In this survey it has been demonstrated that only 15% of students have never played; 36% declare they have played cards with money at least once in their life and 19% of them play lotteries and scratchers; some others have played sport betting (14%), bingo (7%), slot machines (5%), horse betting (4%). The money spent on a single day is between 1 and 10 euros (584 students); 530 teenagers spend 1 euro or less; 132 between 1 o and 100 euros; 16 students more than 100 euros/die. Moreover, most alarming is evidence indicating that there is a considerable number of students who have gambling players parents (father 18,65%; mother 16,4%; both of them 4,52%): this is considered an important vulnerability factor. The analysis of the picked data suggests that there is a widespread diffusion of gambling among the adolescent population. So, to conclude, the present research points out the need to complete immediate interventions on both levels of information and prevention.

Keywords

Gambling; New addiction; Adolescents

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Submitted: 2018-04-11 17:46:02
Published: 2018-08-28 12:23:24
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