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Trent University Professor Receives Research Grant to Study Problem Gambling Behaviours in At-Risk Youth


February 3, 2005 - Peterborough

Professor James D. A. Parker has received a multi-year grant from the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre ($168,212) for 2005-2006. These funds will allow Professor Parker and colleagues in the Emotion and Health Research Laboratory at Trent University to study the link between various emotional competencies and gambling behaviours in adolescents at risk for a variety of mental health problems.

Recent research has demonstrated that problem gambling behaviour is on the rise among adolescents in Canada. Professor Parker's project will explore whether existing mental health problems predispose adolescents to problem gambling. A clinical sample of adolescent outpatients experiencing a broad range of mental health problems will be used to explore the relationships among emotional competency, gambling behaviours and a constellation of related problems (e.g., substance abuse, video/computer game addiction, and internet addiction). This study has the potential to significantly contribute to our understanding of the vulnerability factors related to a broad range of addiction-related problem behaviors in adolescents, as well as the prevalence of these behaviors in different clinical groups.

Professor Parker holds the Canada Research Chair in Emotion and Health and is also the Associate Vice-President for Research at Trent University.

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For more information contact:

Prof. Jim Parker, Associate Vice-President for Research, (705) 748-1011, ext. 7935

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