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Chronic gambling and depression often occur together, researchers find

Chronic gambling is a problem that can lead to difficulties at work, school and home. It can undermine health, ruin relationships and empty the bank account. Now, a new study finds that in young men, chronic gambling often goes hand in hand with depression. "Writing in the Journal of Gambling Studies, Frédéric Dussault, of the University of Quebec at Montreal in Canada, and colleagues explain how they also found that boys with high impulsivity tend to become gamblers when they grow up. Their study is the first to explore the extent to which gambling and depression occur together in young men in their teens through to their 20s. They used data from a study that started in 1984 and is still ongoing. The study recruited over 1,100 boys of kindergarten age living in the poorer areas of Montreal. The ongoing study has collected information about participants' family situation, measures of their impulsivity and quality of their relationships. The authors of the new paper analyzed data from 878 participants who, when they were 17, 23 and 28 years old, had answered questions about gambling or depression problems."

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