Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gambling has exploded in the last 40 years as an acceptable social activity

The number of states in the United States with some form of gambling increased from 2 in 1972 to 48 in 1999.

In a 1999 report  by the National Opinion Research Center, 86%of adults in the United States reported some gambling in their lifetime and 68% reported some form of gambling in the past year.

Research has found that Native Americans are 4 to 6 times more likely to have pathological gambling problems than the non-Native American population.

As a child growing up in the 50s, gambling was considered a vice and immoral. Today, gambling is a major governmental and church fund raiser.

Times have changed and so has the incidence and prevalence of pathological gambling as a public health issue.

The statistics in this article come from "Implications of American Indian Gambling for Social Work Research and Practice, Social Work,, Volume 55, No. 2, April 2010, pp.139 - 146. For the abstract, click here.

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