Award Date

1-1-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Richard C. McCorkle

Number of Pages

68

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Abuse; Arrestee; Gambling; Las Vegas; Nevada; Pathological; Population; Substance; Vegas

Controlled Subject

Criminology

File Format

pdf

File Size

1802.24 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/d2qn-3nw7


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