Adolescent gambling on a great lakes Indian reservation

Robert B. Peacock, Priscilla A Day, Thomas D. Peacock

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The gambling habits of adolescents and the relationship between gambling, other high-risk behaviors and self-esteem were investigated. One hundred eighty-five American Indian and non-Indian students in grades 7–12 in two schools (one tribal and one public) were surveyed on a Great Lakes Indian Reservation. The seventy-eight item survey replicated a previous study on another reservation. The instrument reported data by age, gender, school, ethnicity, socio-economic status, incidence of high-risk behaviors, self-esteem indicators, and incidence(s) of individual and family gambling. The results indicated statistically significant relationships between gambling habits, parental gambling, other high-risk behaviors, and self-esteem. These findings have implications for American Indian youth and their families, for tribal leaders making policy decisions, and for social workers who provide services to these communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


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