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Problems with gambling can start from a young age. See how you can help educate young people and prevent teen and young adult problem gambling.
Why Teens and Young Adults?
What is our approach to prevention efforts in NC?
Focus on Youth
Problematic gambling affects people of all ages, from adolescents as young as 10 to people in their senior years. Adolescents and college-age students have higher prevalence rates for problematic gambling than adults. Youth are gambling at younger ages than ever before and being exposed to gambling at a higher rate than ever before from parents buying lottery tickets, friendly bets and card games at school and within apps and video games. It’s not a matter of being irresponsible, it’s an addiction rooted in the brain. If problematic gambling is not prevented and treated early it can have life long consequences. Children who gamble before the age of 12 are four times more likely to develop a problem with gambling later in life.
Between 60%-80% of high school students report having gambled for money during the past year.
Approximately 5% of youth ages 12-17 meet one or more criteria of having a gambling problem.
66% of parents rarely or never have conversations with their children about gambling.
Public Health Approach
The NCPGP has embraced the public health approach to prevention efforts in North Carolina. This approach takes into consideration the problem gambling risk and protective factors that affect the individual, family and community while taking into consideration the social determinants of health. The social determinants of health are the social and economic conditions that can influence individual and group differences in health status. These health differences and other risk factors can increase a person’s risk for developing addictions and mental and physical health disorders.
Social Emotional Learning
The NCPGP supports the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in its delivery of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). This is the process through which youth and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The NCPGP belives that SEL will serve as a protective factor to minimize more intense behavioral health needs in the future, such as addictions and mental and physical health disorders. We also support the development of engaged, justice-oriented students who become collaborators in addressing inequity and social determinants of health.