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Adolescent and Teen Gamblers

Usually Male – 95 % ; Female – 5%


  • Competitive
  • Intelligent
  • Risk takers
  • Impulsive
  • High energy
  • Good students (particularly at math)
  • Usually have part time jobs (income)
  • Popular
  • Usually participates in athletics
  • Many times children of substance abusers
  • Usually start gambling for money before fourteen (14)
  • More likely to use alcohol than drugs
  • Puts higher than average priority on money/material items

*Male adolescent gamblers tend to bet on sports, cards, dice (see-low), lottery, horses, and casinos.


  • Competitive
  • Popular
  • Good students
  • Leaders
  • Organizers of activities
  • Athletic

*Female adolescent gamblers tend to bet on lotteries, casinos, racetracks, play cards and bingo.

Treatment Issues:

  • Abstinence from gambling
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Esteem issues

Many adolescent gamblers prove their self-worth through gambling and other accomplishments