Gambling Linked to Heredity

by Kathy Jones on  October 5, 2010 at 9:19 PM Child Health News
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Gamblers who have a problem kicking their habit usually pass on the habit to their kids, says a new study.
 Gambling Linked to Heredity
Gambling Linked to Heredity

Researchers from the Melbourne University arrived at this conclusion after a survey of 3953 adults, 612 secondary students and 823 students aged between 18 and 25. The survey was conducted over 2 years.

It found that children of a father with a gambling problem were 13.5 times more likely to develop a gambling problem, while they were 10.6 times more likely to develop a problem if the mother was a compulsive gambler.

''A lot of it actually starts off as card playing at home or accompanying parents while they are betting on the dogs or the track or the TAB,'' report co-author Professor Alun Jackson from Melbourne University said. ''Parents are the people who introduce them to gambling.''

The study details appear in a report titled Children at Risk of Developing Problem Gambling. The study was commissioned by Gambling Research Australia.


Source: Medindia

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