Year: 2001 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.158, no.9, (September 2001), p.1500-1505 SIEC No: 20021190

The characteristics of male and female gamblers utilizing a gambling helpline were examined to identify gender-related differences. The authors performed logistic regression analyses on data obtained in 1998-1999 from callers to a gambling helpline serving southern New England. Gender-related differences were observed in reported patterns of gambling, gambling-related problems, borrowing and indebtedness, legal problems, suicidality, and treatment for mental health and gambling problems. Females were more likely to report receiving nongambling-related mental health treatment. Male gamblers were more likely to report a drug problem or an arrest related to gambling. High rates of debt and psychiatric symptoms related to gambling, including anxiety and depression, were observed in both groups. (30 refs)