The Nature and Level of Criminal Activity among Pathological Gamblers
Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Richard C. McCorkle
Number of Pages
The rapid proliferation of gambling in the United States over the past two decades has sparked considerable public debate. Gaming opponents argue that the expansion of legalized gambling destroys individual lives, wrecks families, and increases crime in the community. While the link between gambling and criminal behavior has been examined through surveys of the general population, little research has been conducted in criminal populations. This is a study of pathological gambling among arrestee populations. It attempts to answer two basic questions. First do pathological gamblers have a social and criminal history profile that distinguishes them from non pathological gamblers? Second, is the nature and level of criminal offending by pathological gamblers different from that of arrestees who do not gamble compulsively? These two questions are explored using data collected in detention facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada during a federally-sponsored arrestee drug monitoring program. Findings suggest that there is no distinguishing profile between pathological and nonpathological gamblers in this arrestee population. However, pathological gamblers do differ from non-pathological gamblers by committing a higher mean number of violent and property offences. The findings also support the expectations of previous researchers by reporting a greater prevalence of pathological gamblers in the arrestee population.
Activities; Criminal; Gamblers; Level; Nature; Pathological
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Harvey, Paul Cherbonneau, "The Nature and Level of Criminal Activity among Pathological Gamblers" (2001). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1250.