Researchers out of the University of Quebec have published a new study in Journal of Gambling Studies linking chronic gambling with depression. Utilizing data from 1984 to present day, the study took a look at young men in their teens and early 20s. The rate of chronic gambling within the sample size correlated with general statistics, with 3% of participants showing signs of these problems. Of those individuals suffering from chronic gambling problems, 73% also suffered from depression.

“In a further analysis, the researchers also found that the more impulsive boys were more likely to develop problem gambling and depression later, and quality of relationship with parents was closely linked to developing depression. In addition, they found that friendship quality and “socio-family risk” (which includes factors like poverty, divorce, teen parenthood) were factors in predicting both problem gambling and depression.”

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