Pathological gambling, gender, and risk-taking behaviors

Silvia Saboia Martins, Hermano Tavares, Daniela Sabbatini Da Silva Lobo, Ana Maria Galetti, Valentim Gentil

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Abstract

Seventy-eight female and 78 male pathological gamblers admitted to an outpatient treatment program were compared regarding a profile of risk-taking behaviors (suicide attempts, illegal activities meant to finance gambling, sexual risky behavior, and alcohol abuse). The Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN), the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale version 11 (BIS-11), and an adaptation of the HIV Risk Behavior Scale were used. Females attempted more suicide than males. Men had more sexual risky behavior and alcohol abuse than women. Younger age and depression were risk factors for suicide attempts, younger age and impulsivity were risk factors for illegal activities. Younger age was a risk factor for sexual risky behavior, and no risk factor other than male gender was found for alcohol abuse. Future investigation of risk behaviors among gamblers must take into account the differences in gender and age. Both impulsivity and emotional distress are related to risk-taking in gamblers, and young gamblers who early in life display other potentially harmful behaviors require special attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1235
Number of pages5
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Gambling
Risk-Taking
Sexual Behavior
Alcoholism
Impulsive Behavior
Suicide
Neuropsychiatry
Attempted Suicide
Alcohols
Appointments and Schedules
Outpatients
HIV
Depression
Finance
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Emotional distress
  • Gender
  • Impulsivity
  • Pathological gambling
  • Risk-taking behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Martins, S. S., Tavares, H., Da Silva Lobo, D. S., Galetti, A. M., & Gentil, V. (2004). Pathological gambling, gender, and risk-taking behaviors. Addictive Behaviors, 29(6), 1231-1235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2004.03.023

Pathological gambling, gender, and risk-taking behaviors. / Martins, Silvia Saboia; Tavares, Hermano; Da Silva Lobo, Daniela Sabbatini; Galetti, Ana Maria; Gentil, Valentim.

In: Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 29, No. 6, 08.2004, p. 1231-1235.

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Martins, SS, Tavares, H, Da Silva Lobo, DS, Galetti, AM & Gentil, V 2004, 'Pathological gambling, gender, and risk-taking behaviors', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 1231-1235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2004.03.023
Martins SS, Tavares H, Da Silva Lobo DS, Galetti AM, Gentil V. Pathological gambling, gender, and risk-taking behaviors. Addictive Behaviors. 2004 Aug;29(6):1231-1235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2004.03.023
Martins, Silvia Saboia ; Tavares, Hermano ; Da Silva Lobo, Daniela Sabbatini ; Galetti, Ana Maria ; Gentil, Valentim. / Pathological gambling, gender, and risk-taking behaviors. In: Addictive Behaviors. 2004 ; Vol. 29, No. 6. pp. 1231-1235.
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