Reducing Adolescent Risk: Toward an Integrated Approach focuses on common influences that result in a number of interrelated risk behaviors in order to design more unified, comprehensive prevention strategies. Edited by Daniel Romer, this book summarizes presentations and discussions held at the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute of the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Public Policy Center. Concentrating on common causes for varied risk behaviors, a group of leading researchers and intervention specialists from different health traditions synthesize current knowledge about risks to adolescent health in several areas, including drugs and alcohol, tobacco, unprotected sex, suicide and depression, and gambling.   Primarily intended for graduate students, scholars, and researchers in psychology, sociology, social work, and public health, Reducing Adolescent Risk is also an extraordinary resource for policy makers in government organizations and foundations.

Why Pay Attention to Adolescent Gambling?

Why pay attention to adolescent gambling?
Rachel A.Volberg

Why is it that gambling is not even on the “radar” when we consider the array of risks that adolescents must confront as they move toward adulthood? Although few people regard gambling as a serious issue for adolescents, gambling researchers have noted, in the wake of the rapid legalization of lottery and casino gambling in the final decades of the 20th century, that an entire generation of adolescents and young adults has grown up in a society that not only condones, but encourages, gambling (Gupta & Derevensky, 2000; Jacobs, 2000; Shaffer & Hall, 1996; Stinchfield & Winters, 1998). Concern among gambling researchers and clinicians who treat people with gambling problems is that increased ...

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