Rapid Onset of Pathological Gambling in Machine Gamblers

@article{Breen2004RapidOO,
  title={Rapid Onset of Pathological Gambling in Machine Gamblers},
  author={Robert B. Breen and Mark Zimmerman},
  journal={Journal of Gambling Studies},
  year={2004},
  volume={18},
  pages={31-43}
}
A particularly rapid onset of pathological gambling (PG-onset) through the use of gambling machines has been widely alluded to, but this is the first study to empirically examine the phenomenon. This study compared the latency of PG-onset in those who gambled primarily on machines, compared to those who gambled primarily on more “traditional” forms of gambling at PG-onset. Subjects were 44 adult pathological gamblers (PGs) seeking outpatient treatment in Rhode Island (17 females; mean age = 46… 

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