Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Older Adults Report Fewer Gambling Problems: Data from Gambling Help Line

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Older Adults Report Fewer Gambling Problems: Data from Gambling Help Line

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ALBUQUERQUE -- Older adults have fewer problem behaviors associated with gambling than do younger adults, according to data from a help line maintained by the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.

Older adults reported significantly fewer types of gambling as problematic, were less likely to report gambling-related anxiety, and were less likely to report gambling-related family problems or illegal activities, Dr. Marc N. Potenza reported at a psychiatric symposium sponsored by the University of New Mexico.

The study involved 960 callers who contacted the help line over a period of a year, said Dr. Potenza of Yale University, New Haven. Of those, 16.5% were aged 55 years or older. The investigators compared that group, whose mean age was 61.3, with the younger adult group, whose mean age was 38.6.

Older adults were significantly more likely to report a lower income than younger adults. And they reported gambling of significantly longer duration (15 years vs. 10 years). The older group was significantly more likely to report problems with slot machine gambling (66. …

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