Poor Parental Supervision in Teens May Lead to Problem Gambling
Research conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has shown that strong parental supervision during the preteen and early teen years can reduce the risk of gambling problems in young adulthood.People with poor parental supervision between the ages of 11 – 14 are far more likely to develop gambling problems between the ages of 16 – 22 than those with proper supervision. Youth gambling is a growing problem and research shows that as much as 13% of youth that gamble can be considered problem gamblers.
The researchers looked at 514 Baltimore youth and asked them questions related to parental supervision and gambling. It found that 85% were in a ‘Stable group’ with consistently high levels of parental monitoring, the rest were in the ‘Declining group’ that had lower levels of parental supervision.
However, there is already awareness of this issue. This week the South Australian Government announced it will publish a list of gambling-like apps and games to help warn parents.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said that the list will be backed by legislation to classify gambling-style games and phone apps. In a statement Weatherill said, “Our children are more savvy than ever before at using technology and we need to be alert to the effects on children’s behaviour and development.”