What pushes some youngsters to develop a problem with their gambling?

Victorians might find out the answer to the above question when Gambling and Young People, a national study focusing on 10-24 years olds who take part in wagering and/or gaming activities in Australia, is published soon.

Researchers examined the extent and the patterns of gambling in young people, and also where and why young people gamble, in order to consider what would be the most effective harm reduction measures for such people.

The target study population included young people who were:

  • informal education (i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary, mainstream etc)
  • in apprenticeships or similar trainee schemes
  • below the legal school leaving age and lost to formal education
  • in State care
  • employed and unemployed
  • Indigenous
  • from different religions
  • from culturally, linguistically and diverse backgrounds.

The research team will explore at what point and in what forms young people’s gambling becomes problematic. The aim is to identify and analyse the differences between young people who gamble and develop a problem with their gambling from those who gamble and do not develop a problem.

The full report will be available on the Gambling Research Australia website soon.