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The findings

Sally J. Taylor

Among the information distilled by the Harvard Medical School Division on Addiction from 20 years of varied research studied was:

— The rate of gambling disorders has increased among the general population of adults in the past 20 years.

— Gambling disorders are significantly more prevalent among young adults than older adults.

— Adults or adolescents with other psychiatric problems have a much higher rate of gambling disorders than in the general population.

— The rate of gambling disorders has not increased among adolescents and adults in mental health treatment or prison populations.

— Males are more likely to have a gambling problem than females in each population segment studied in the survey.

— There is no significant regional variation in the rate of gambling disorders in the United States and Canada.

— The overall quality in the method of research on gambling disorders has not improved during the past 20 years.


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