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Year 13 Psychology - Addiction (8)

Explanations of problem gambling

Clare Schulze

on 13 March 2015

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Year 13 Psychology - Addiction
Gambling addiction: is a gambling behaviour that causes disruptions in any major area of life - Psychological, Physical, Social or Vocational.
Officially there are six types of gamblers;

1. Professional:  Gambling is his primary source of income; makes his living gambling.
2. Casual Social Gambler: Gambling is one of many forms of entertainment; gamble infrequently.
3. Serious Social Gambler: Gambles as a major source of entertainment; plays regularly at one or more types of gambling, and does so with great absorption and intensity.
4. Relief-and-Escape Gambler: Major activity in person's life of equal importance with family and business; but rest of life goes on without integrity being seriously impaired; more than a pastime
5. Compulsive Gambler: Gambling is only thing in life; ignores family and business, and often turns to crime to support his/her habit.
6. Antisocial Personality: Life career is getting money by illegal means; those who gamble try to fix gambling games.
Characteristics of Gamblers
Problem gamblers are more likely to be male than female 
Problem gamblers usually bet larger amounts on all forms of gambling
Problem gamblers gamble more frequently
Problem gamblers spend more time per gambling session
Problem gamblers are more likely to have been in trouble with the police
Problem gamblers are more likely to say they have been rejected by family members
Asking for money from relatives or friends to continue gambling
A growing need to bet larger amounts of money to satisfy the compulsion
A preoccupation with gambling such as thinking about it frequently
Gambling to avoid or escape problems such as anxiety and depression
Many unsuccessful attempts to stop gambling or cut back
Lying about money lost and amount of time spent gambling
The Statistics!
Gambling problems usually begin during the teen years in men and between ages 20 and 40 in women.
Sixty-five percent of addictive gamblers commit crimes to support their habit.
The divorce rate for problem gamblers is twice the rate of non-gamblers.
The average debt generated by a man who is addicted to gambling in the U.S. is between $55,000.00 and $90,000.00. Women gamblers average $15,000 in debt.
One in five addictive gamblers attempts suicide; the suicide rate is 20 times higher for this group than for non-gamblers.
Review of Homework
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