Non-substance-addictive behaviors in youth: pathological gambling and problematic Internet use

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2010 Jul;19(3):625-41. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2010.03.012.


Adolescence is characterized by participation in multiple novel and potentially risky behaviors. Amongst these behaviors are gambling and use of the Internet, and excessive engagement in these activities (as seen in pathological gambling and problematic Internet use) may be accompanied by serious impairments in school, mental health, and social functioning. This article reviews the potential impact of pathological gambling and problematic Internet use in youth, the relevance of subsyndromal levels of participation, and how prevention and treatment strategies may be considered and tested within a developmental framework.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Behavior, Addictive / epidemiology
  • Behavior, Addictive / prevention & control
  • Behavior, Addictive / psychology*
  • Behavior, Addictive / therapy
  • Female
  • Gambling / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior / psychology
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Personality
  • Prevalence
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors