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Book Review, J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil Vol: 3 Issue: 4

Gambling: Cultural Factors, Motivations and Impacts on Quality of Life

Tariku A. Abdi*
Ethiopia Police University College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Corresponding author : Tariku A. Abdi
Ethiopia Police University College, P.O.Box: 1865 code 1250, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received August 07, 2014 Accepted September 27, 2014 Published September 30, 2014
Citation: Abdi TA (2014) Gambling: Cultural Factors, Motivations and Impacts on Quality of Life. J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil 3:4. doi:10.4172/2324-9005.1000131

Abstract

Gambling: Cultural Factors, Motivations and Impacts on Quality of Life

This is a book review. In this book review, the author explored gambling motivations and the impact of gambling on quality of life of the gamblers and families, communities and societies of the gamblers. In the review, the author addressed cultural components like cultural values and acculturations influence adolescents and young adult gamblers initiation and maintenance of gambling and problem gambling. In the review, the researcher also addressed that adolescents and young adults are motivated to gamble for various reasons like entertainment, excitement, amusement, learning and accomplishing, and also, serious cognitive bias, risk-prone attitudes, and higher levels of stress and anxiety. Researches also indicated that there is gender difference on what motivate gamblers to initiate and maintain gambling and problem gambling. Finally, the author addressed that with respect to the impact of gambling on the quality of life, public health position recognizes that gambling yields both potential costs (like a wide range of difficulties on the individuals, families, and communities either indirectly or directly but also negative consequences of gambling like disorders) and benefits (like sense of connectedness and socialization through discretionary leisure time entertainment, enhancing the income of the individuals, strengthening memory, coping strategies and etc) that affect all aspects of the community, including health and socioeconomic dimensions.

Keywords: Culture, Gambling, Motivation, Quality of life

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