Poker story games are a great way to introduce kids to gambling, but some parents worry they can lead to a more serious addiction.
New research from the University of Sydney’s Centre for Research on Addiction and Mental Health found that while parents who have kids with gambling issues might be better off keeping the activity to themselves, it can lead some to become addicted.
In a paper published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the researchers looked at data from a cohort of 2,826 Australian children aged 12 to 17.
Children were interviewed at home and at a community service about their gambling habits and how long they had been gambling, how often they played poker and how often their parents played poker.
The researchers also collected information about their GP, who was interviewed about their health and well-being, and about their parents’ gambling behaviour.
At a follow-up visit, children were asked to complete a series of questionnaires on their gambling problems, the type of game they were playing and their gambling behaviour at home.
The researchers found that parents who had kids with a gambling problem reported playing a range of games, including poker, roulette, blackjack, black-jack and other cards.
They also reported playing poker more often than parents with other gambling problems.
But when the researchers compared those with gambling problems with those with other health problems, they found that those with a general health problem were more likely to be addicted to gambling.
This was true even when the research team controlled for factors that might influence a person’s gambling habits, such as whether the person was physically active, poor health, or whether they were a victim of domestic violence.
Dr Chris Rennie, lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the University’s Centre on Addiction to Mental Health and Addiction Treatment, said the study’s results could lead to more parents being educated about how their children might be at risk of becoming addicted.
“Parents might be worried that their child might become addicted and might start to have more problems,” he said.
“They might be concerned that their children could start to go into self-harm or suicide.
They might also worry that their own kids might have been affected.”
Dr Rennian said it could be important for parents to speak with their child’s GP about whether there is a risk of them becoming addicted, so they can discuss any concerns they have.
If a parent is concerned about a child becoming addicted and doesn’t want to discuss it with their GP or other professionals, it’s possible to talk with your child’s school counsellor, Dr Rennia said.
“There are lots of people who are very keen to get their children into the right system to help them understand the options available,” he added.
“But we need to make sure that we’re not teaching them to take their own life.”
Topics:health,children,family-and-children,health-policy,dental-health,australiaFirst posted October 01, 2018 17:08:03Contact Nicola LeesMore stories from New South Wales