Young adult gambling behaviors and their relationship with the persistence of ADHD

Jessie L. Breyer, Andria M. Botzet, Ken C. Winters, Randy D. Stinchfield, Gerald August, George Realmuto

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Young adulthood is a period renowned for engagement in impulsive and risky behaviors, including gambling. There are some indications that young adults exhibit higher gambling rates in comparison to older adults. Problem gambling has also been linked to ADHD. This longitudinal study examines the relationship between gambling and ADHD among an epidemiological sample of young adults (n = 235; males = 179, females = 56) aged 18-24. Results indicate that individuals who report childhood ADHD symptoms which persist into young adulthood experience greater gambling problem severity than participants with no ADHD or those with non-persistent ADHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-238
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of gambling studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgment This study was supported by National Institute on Drug Abuse grants DA12995 and DA14717 (Winters).

Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • ADHD
  • Gambling
  • Young adulthood


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