Gambling activity among teenagers and their parents

Gambling activity among teenagers and their parents

LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter – December 2019
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Summary

Young people are often influenced by the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of family members. Given that regular involvement in gambling during adolescence can lead to a variety of issues, including criminal behaviour and poor school outcomes (Derevensky & Gupta, 2004; Messerlian, Derevensky, & Gupta, 2005), it is important to better understand gambling behaviours at a family level.

This chapter describes levels of gambling involvement and gambling-related problems among 16–17 year olds and their parents, and some of the factors associated with teenage gambling. These insights may help inform a range of policies and practices to address gambling‑related harm for families and young people.

Key findings

  • One in six 16–17 year olds reported having gambled in the past year.

  • More boys than girls reported having gambled.

  • Although 65% of parents reported having gambled at least once in the past year, around 90% were non-problem gamblers.

  • Boys who had either been the victim or perpetrator of bullying at school were more likely to report having gambled.

  • At age 16–17, around 24% of boys and 15% of girls reported having played gambling-like games in the past 12 months.

  • Teenagers who engaged in risky behaviours such as smoking and drinking, or had friends who smoked or drank alcohol, were more likely to report having gambled.

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Acknowledgements

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Publication details

LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, December 2019