Games, gambling, and children: Applying the precautionary principle for child health

Adnan A. Hyder, Nicholas H. Juul

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Topic: We were compelled by the trends of Internet gambling, state-initiated gambling outlets, and of having gambling social events in middle schools and high schools in the United States to examine gambling and its health effects on children and adolescents. Purpose And Sources: We researched trends in adolescent gambling as well as its association with negative health and sociological outcomes through the literature for child and adolescent gambling studies. Conclusion: The literature shows gambling to be associated with many negative health and socioeconomic effects. The increasing participation of children and adolescents is of particular concern, for the earlier a person starts gambling, the more likely that person is to develop serious gambling problems. We propose the application of the precautionary principle in this situation. Until it is proven that adolescents will not be negatively affected by exposure to gambling, the exposure of adolescents to gambling must be carefully restricted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-204
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Addiction
  • Child health
  • Child welfare
  • Gambling
  • Games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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