UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) masters student Alisha Weston sees the devastating effects that gambling can have etched on the faces of her clients every day.
So when Alisha, who has worked at Gambling Help for the past 18 months while completing her masters in clinical psychology, was asked to choose a final year project, examining the issues surrounding the gambling habits of young adults was an obvious choice.
Gambling Help is a free and confidential counselling service that offers support to individuals and family members who are affected by their own or another's gambling behaviour.
"Gambling affects approximately 330,000 Australians each year and of particular concern is the number of adolescents and young adults who fall victim to this addiction," she said.
"Research has shown that adolescents and young adults are two to four times more likely to experience gambling related problems than middle age and older adults.
"However it is surprising and unfortunate that there has been little research conducted in this area and in an effort to contribute to this scarcity of research, I plan to investigate the relationship between young adult gambling, sensation seeking, problem solving and depression. …