Vulnerability and comorbidity factors of female problem gambling

J Gambl Stud. 2007 Sep;23(3):323-34. doi: 10.1007/s10899-007-9056-6. Epub 2007 Mar 9.


This study helps to address a deficiency of gender-specific research into problem gambling. It focuses on the gambling behaviors, family and personal histories and comorbid psychological disorders of 365 female gamblers from across Ontario, Canada, who responded to a mail-in survey. Specifically, this study looks at rates of depression and anxiety, concurrent struggles with other behaviors (such as alcohol and drug use, disordered eating, overspending and criminal activity) and abuse history reported by female gamblers. The reported rates are considerably higher than for the general female population. The findings of this study agree with previous research. They suggest that prevention strategies and treatment practices for female problem gamblers should take into account women's mental health, addiction and trauma history as contributing factors in the development of problematic gambling.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Anxiety / epidemiology
  • Comorbidity
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Gambling / epidemiology*
  • Gambling / psychology
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Ontario / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vulnerable Populations / psychology
  • Vulnerable Populations / statistics & numerical data*
  • Women's Health*