New Study Shows Impulsive Actions In Children Lead To Gambling
In The Archives of Pediatrics & adolescent Medicine a study has come along that is the first of its kind. It links impulsive behavior in kindergarten students with gambling actions six years later.
While the study was the first to explore kindergarten students, the outcome is a conclusion that many clinical physicians have made for decades. Impulsive behavior can lead to gambling, no matter what the age.
In the study, Linda Pagani sought out to determine at what age does gambling behavior begin. She was convinced afterwards that gambling behavior starts not when a student hits high or even middle school, but in elementary school.
""The question has always been, 'What comes before adolescent gambling?" said Pagani in a telephone interview with Reuters. Pagani conducted the study at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center and the University of Montreal.
The study was done on 163 students. Their kindergarten teachers were asked to complete a questionnaire that detailed behavioral traits such as distractibility, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity.
Six years later the study was resumed. The subjects were called on the telephone and interviewed on their gambling activities. The average age of the children during the phone calls was 11.5.
Of all of the behavioral traits, the study concluded that impulsive children at the kindergarten age were twenty five percent more likely to be involved in gambling activity when in sixth grade.
March 3, 2009
Posted By Tom Jones
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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