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Columbia Finds Men Two and a Half Times More Likely than Women to be Past-Year Gamblers and Transition from Non-Gambling to Gambling Year-to-Year

Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health studied gambling behavior during late adolescence and early adulthood to determine changes in gambling behavior over time. They examined key demographic characteristics and behaviors, as well as parental monitoring, to learn how these traits influence transitions among a longitudinal sample of urban, primarily African-American, low socioeconomic status youth. Results showed that approximately one-half of the past-year gamblers did not gamble during the following year, suggesting that gambling follows a variable developmental course.