Beliefs and Attitudes of Mental Health Professionals with Respect to Gambling and Other High Risk Behaviors in Schools

  • Temcheff C
  • Derevensky J
  • St-Pierre R
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Abstract

Studies have shown that mental health service provider perceptions of
problems and knowledge of resources are among the largest determinants
of service provision and referral. The current study aims at exploring
mental health professionals' awareness of, attitudes towards and beliefs
regarding high-risk behaviors in youth, including gambling. Child
psychologists, social workers, and psychoeducators (n = 649) responded
to an online survey. Findings revealed that problem gambling was viewed
by most professionals as the least serious adolescent risk behavior, and
few reported feeling confident in their abilities to deal with youth
with gambling problems. However, the majority of professionals felt that
they have a significant role to play in the prevention of youth gambling
problems, and many endorsed strong interest in receiving continuing
education in the prevention, identification, and treatment of problem
gambling. Results highlight the importance of continued efforts in
increasing awareness regarding youth problematic gambling, as well as
the need for greater continuing education training on adolescent
gambling for mental health professionals.

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Authors

  • Caroline E Temcheff

  • Jeffrey L Derevensky

  • Renee A St-Pierre

  • Rina Gupta

  • Isabelle Martin

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