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Gambling Addiction

  • By: Yaromir Munoz-Molina
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Gambling addiction is a behavioral disorder that affects the personal, family, and social life of an individual. It is commonly considered a hidden problem. Most gamblers affected by gambling addiction deny its existence. For this reason, public health authorities and loved ones should recognize the characteristics of gambling addiction, the former to promote preventive measures and the latter to be alert in this concern. This entry offers a brief description of what is understood by gambling addiction and presents some models to help policy makers in carrying out preventive campaigns.

The Pathology of Gambling Addiction

The gaming industry is widely accepted as social entertainment within most market economies. Gaming is a natural activity and its innocuous characteristics can be altered by both the frequency and type of ...

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