Gender differences in mental health characteristics and gambling among African-American adolescent gamblers

Silvia S. Martins, Carla L. Storr, Nicholas S. Ialongo, Howard D. Chilcoat

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Abstract

This study explores gender differences in lifetime and recent substance use/internalizing behavior, childhood externalizing behavior, and gambling preferences among African-American youth gamblers. Data are from a prospective study of a community sample of 452 urban African-American youths who began at entry into first grade and were followed for ten years. Gambling was associated with high teacher ratings of childhood externalizing behaviors among males and with high parent ratings of childhood impulsivity and hyperactivity among both genders. Internalizing behavior was associated with female gambling. No male-female differences in substance use/lifetime conduct disorder among gamblers were noted. Gambling preferences/frequency differed across genders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-134
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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