Australian Study Links Simulated Gambling With Gambling Problems

Australia has released the findings of a longitudinal survey that show a link between teenagers who play video games that simulate gambling and developing gambling problems in the future.

The Growing Up In Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), a major study following the development of 10,000 children and families, found that 16 percent of 16-17 year-olds have gambled with money in the past 12 months.

Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, senior research fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, said that simulated gambling embedded in some video games “could increase the likelihood of teenagers gambling with real money and developing gambling problems in the future”.

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