Finds the young are more reckless, while the elderly worry more
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/26/2013 -- In a new study, outcomes reveal that the age of an individual can have a significant impact on the development of gambling problems or addiction.
The obvious impact is rather well known, in regards to the way that young and old people act. There is also a bevy of information regarding the way older individuals behave to the same stimulus in regards to betting, and the research projected that looked at over 2,300 patients noted such reactions. The study looked at individuals aged between 17 and 86 years of age. Younger clients between the ages of 17-35 where much more likely to express impulsive behavior. In contrast, those aged 55 to 86 were less impulsive, and yet were more likely to have risk factors of excessive anxiety and worry.
Leading the research Susana Jiménez-Murcia, Ph.D., commented, “Older people do not gamble to seek awards or for the challenge of winning or for competitiveness as young people do, but they gamble to modulate negative emotional states,” Jiménez-Murcia, Ph.D., added, “Older patients try to flee from loneliness, dissatisfaction or even physical discomfort.” and “The only personality factor that does not vary with age is self-direction, the ability to take control of our lives, to be persistent with a goal,” This study confirms that self-direction “is low at all stages and that could be one of the keys to the treatment and prevention of the disorder.” It was revealed that young patients are associated with more risk taking gambling behavior. “Early intervention in these patients allows us to understand the causes of the problem in the early stages and we can give clients tools to control it.”
There is a clear outcome was determined that the major problem for all gamblers is only temporary, as Jimenez-Murcia explains: “We observed that at certain times in life, some social, environmental and personal factors can ease to control this behavior but in other moments it is not so easy, and the psychopathology could be more serious. But the good news is that it is not a chronic disorder for life.” Online gambling is the new venue for punters and the research point out, “We see younger, college-educated and higher socioeconomic level patients.”
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