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Adolescent Problem Gambling: A Prevention Guide for Parents

The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario released a 2017 research finding and guide for parents, guardians, or caregivers who may have concerns about gambling in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 24.

This guide has been developed to help you:

• Understand adolescent problem gambling

• Understand how gambling may affect you and your family

• Understand how problem gambling increases the risks of mental health and substance use issues

• Find ways to reduce the risks to your child, his or her siblings and you as a parent

• Find resources that can help you and your family

• Learn how mental health and addiction services can help you and your family

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If you are a caregiver and are coping with your own gambling concerns, please see the booklet Problem Gambling: A Guide for Parents.

If someone close to you gambles too much, consult the booklet Problem Gambling: A Guide for Families.

If you are a helping professional, the booklet Problem Gambling: A Guide for Helping Professionals and the pamphlet Problem Gambling: Working with Parents may be invaluable.

Additionally, online self-help tools are available for those who gamble, as well as for families and friends. All of these are available without cost at

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