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ISU Research finds jail inmates susceptible to gambling addiction

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 17:37:59 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The introduction of video gambling in bars could put people who are already vulnerable at even higher risk for problems. Cindy Kerber and colleagues at ISU's Mennonite College of Nursing recently did a study that found 44% of people in Illinois jails over the age of fifty meet the criteria for problem or pathological gambling.

"One of our study recommendations is to consider offering Gamblers Anonymous meetins within the jails to help people while they are incarcerated become better able to meet challenges and temptations when they are released."

Kerber says mental health courts might also address some of the issues raised by the study. She says the general population has about two percent of people at risk of problem and pathological gambling. And only 17% of people over the age of 50 who live in public housing have problem gambling indicators, so the jail populations are especially vulnerable.

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