NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction

Monday, November 17, 2008

Outstanding Poster Award Presentation

Dr. Richard LaBrie of Harvard Medical School's Psychiatry Department presented this year's Outstanding Poster Award to a team from Jamaica including representatives from Hope Enterprises, Ltd. and RISE Life Management Services for their study entitled Jamaica Child and Adolescent Gambling Survey 2007. Team members included Deborah Bourne from Hope Enterprises Ltd. and Sonita Morin-Abrahams, Richard Henry, Fay Williams and Winston De La Haye from RISE Life Management Services.

Their study, which surveyed 2,299 Jamaican youth aged 10-19 years, found that 45 percent of youth had gambled at least once, and 30 percent had gambled within the last 12 months. It also found that male gender, age, the presence of a family member who gambles and an accepting attitude toward gambling were all significantly associated with gambling initiation.

This year 19 groups submitted posters with empirical research, 13 of which included members from countries outside the United States.


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