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Volume 32, Issue 5 (Dec 2015)


Gambling, violent behaviour and attitudes towards violence among adolescent gamblers in Finland

Tiina Räsänen
  • School of Health Sciences University of Tampere; Department of Adolescent Psychiatry Tampere University Hospital
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  • Professor of Public Health School of Health Sciences University of Tampere; Department of Adolescent Psychiatry Tampere University Hospital
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Published Online: 2015-11-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nsad-2015-0046


AIMS - The purpose of this population-based study was to explore the relationship between gambling and violent behaviour and attitudes towards violence among 14- and 16-year-old adolescents. DESIGN - A national survey was conducted in Finland in 2011. The main measures in our study were gambling frequency and number of reported gambling-related harms. Their associations with violent behaviours and attitudes towards violence were studied using multinomial logistic regression and negative binomial regression. RESULTS - 47.1% of adolescents had gambled during the past six months and 13.2% of them had experienced gambling-related harms. Both gambling frequency and the number of gambling-related harms were linked to violent behaviour as well as to positive attitudes towards violence. Adolescents who engaged in gambling on a daily basis and/ or experienced gambling harms had the highest risk. CONCLUSIONS - Health promotion efforts among gamblers should take into account their increased risk for violent behaviour.

Keywords: adolescence; gambling; harms; violence; problem behaviour; Finland


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Received: 2015-03-11

Accepted: 2015-05-25

Published Online: 2015-11-26

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, ISSN (Online) 1458-6126, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nsad-2015-0046.

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