Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Richard C. McCorkle
Number of Pages
There has been extensive literature on the nature of pathological gambling and substance abuse on criminal offending; however, most of what is known about these disorders stem from clinical populations and the general population. Both of these populations differ from arrestee populations; therefore, our understanding about the disorders remains limited. This is a study among the arrestee population utilizing data collected in Las Vegas detention centers during a federally funded research project that monitors the extent and nature of drug abuse. In addition to the program, a Gambling Addendum was administered to all willing participants; Findings support a greater prevalence of pathological gamblers in the arrestee population. Furthermore, findings also indicate that being a pathological gambler increases the odds of committing a property crime while having a substance abuse problem increases the odds of committing a felony and committing more property crimes.
Abuse; Arrestee; Gambling; Las Vegas; Nevada; Pathological; Population; Substance; Vegas
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Groebner, Jeffrey Michael, "Pathological gambling and substance abuse in the Las Vegas arrestee population" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1772.