Who's at Risk

The Mayo Clinic identifies the following risk factors for developing a gambling problem.

  • Behavior or mood disorders
  • Age - the problem develops more frequently in young people
  • Family influence - whether parents and other close adults were gamblers
  • Personality characteristics such as high level of being competitive, or easily bored

Further, Problem Gambling Prevention identifies certain risk factors in teens, including:

  • Being male
  • Living in a single-parent household
  • Having a below-median household income
  • Early initiation - starting before 8th grade
  • Playing sports at school
  • Experiencing problems at home
  • Having low-self esteem