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Int J Addict. 1993 May;28(7):659-66.

The incidence of pathological gambling among Native Americans treated for alcohol dependence.

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Department of Psychology, Fort Meade V.A.M.C., South Dakota 57741.


The prevalence rate of potential and pathological gambling was examined among Native American and Caucasian patients (n = 85) being treated for alcohol dependence. Previous studies with alcohol-dependent (mainly Caucasian) populations revealed 10-15% to have gambling problems. This study, the first to measure pathological gambling among a Native American population, utilized the South Oaks Gambling Screen and was administered in a group setting, between 1/91 and 4/91 on the alcohol treatment ward of the Ft. Meade Veterans Administration Hospital. Results showed that 22% of the Native Americans studied (compared to 7.3% Caucasian), scored in a range indicating a probable pathological gambling addiction. Furthermore, 41% of the Native Americans studied (compared to 21.3% Caucasian) admitted to some difficulty with gambling. Education and treatment is encouraged to help stem projected radical increases in pathological gambling and related problems among this cultural group as Native American gambling becomes widespread.

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