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Gambling attitudinal and behavioral patterns and criminality in a sample of Las Vegas area detained youth

Randy Brown, Eric Killian, William Evans

Abstract


This exploratory study seeks to better understand gambling patterns in a sample of incarcerated youth from the Las Vegas area. The study uses data derived from surveys administered to 269 incarcerated youth from two southern Nevada detention facilities. Respondents reported attitudes about gambling, frequency, and location of their gambling. In addition, we explored the link between gambling behavior and property crimes, socio-demographic variables, and gang membership. Results reveal a robust relationship between reported property crimes and the frequency of gambling behavior, as well as between gambling and gang involvement. Implications for future research are discussed.


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gambling frequency; youth; delinquency; ethnicity; gangs; Las Vegas

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2005.13.14

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