Teen Gambling Problems

A documentary about gambling addiction...

This award-winning video is based on the "Mythbusters" concepts to increase awareness about problem gambling. Keywords: gambling teen youth online cards prevention problem awareness. Ten years ago, the problem of underage gambling did not even register a blip on the roster of social concerns. Now, according to experts, more young people are at an increased risk of developing a gambling problem, sometimes associated with other risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, truancy, low grades, and illegal activities.Because of the growing concern about problem gambling and youth, Oregon Problem Gambling Services commissioned the production of the first-ever Oregon video and educational guide. Filming included youth of various backgrounds from rural and urban Oregon communities. The result is "Teen Gambling: It's A Risky Deal," an eight-minute DVD geared toward middle school students, featuring a "Mythbusters" theme. The goals of the video are to supplement classroom problem gambling prevention education, and will be available free of charge to interested schools. Students will learn myths and facts about gambling, that gambling is not free of risk, how to recognize problem gambling, and how to get help.

What are your children doing in their spare time?
While typically considered an adult activity in the past, gambling is spreading to the younger age set, and the dangers of gambling are no longer just an adult concern. Andrea Lockner, Lifeways prevention coordinator for Malheur County, said research and societal factors indicate more youth and teenagers are either gambling or becoming more susceptible to developing gambling problems earlier, making youth gambling awareness more important. Children and teenagers are introduced to gambling every day, Lockner said, through teasers on the Internet to watching television. Poker has become the equivalent of a sport through broadcasts of poker tournaments on television channels, such as ESPN, and children see that and their perceptions of gambling can change. Lockner said she has even heard children say they want to become professional poker players when they grow up.

What is Problem Gambling?
10 Signs of Problem Gambling: Problem gambling is a disorder characterized by maladaptive gambling behavior leading to negative personal, family and/or social consequences. Problem gambling includes but is not limited to the condition known as compulsive (or pathological) gambling. To be diagnosed with this disorder, the individual must have experienced five or more of ten characteristic symptoms, including: preoccupation with gambling-related thoughts, plans or activities; needing to gamble with increased sums to produce the desired excitement; having made repeated unsuccessful attempts to control, cut back or stop gambling. restlessness or irritability when attempting to cut down or stop gambling; gambling to escape from problems or relieve an undesired mood such as helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression; after losing money gambling, often returning to try to win it back (chasing losses); lying to conceal gambling activities or consequences; committing illegal acts to finance gambling; jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of gambling; relying on a "bailout" (money from others to relieve a desperate gambling-related financial situation); According to the American Psychiatric Association, 10 to 15% of young people asked have significant gambling problems; 6% of the teens who have tried gambling have become pathological gamblers. Public domain video.

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