Pathological Gambling Rate in the U.S. – A National Survey

In a study led by Dr. Ronald Kessler at Harvard, data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), a highly regarded U.S. household survey, were analyzed. The research assessed lifetime gambling symptoms, pathological gambling, and other psychiatric disorders. The findings revealed a pathological gambling rate of 0.6% among over 9,000 adults surveyed. Notably, many individuals with gambling issues had never received professional treatment; however, 49.0% received treatment for other mental health concerns.

Kessler, R.C., Hwang, I., LaBrie, R., Petukhova, M., Sampson, N.A., Winters, K.C., & J. Shaffer, H.J. (2008). The prevalence and correlates of DSM-IV Pathological Gambling in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Psychological Medicine, 38(9), 1351–1360. doi:10.1017/S0033291708002900.

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