NYS OASAS Youth Development Survey – Underage Gambling Data

Research and Data
Author(s): NYS OASAS
Year Published: 2015

Overview

In 2014, NYS OASAS conducted a Youth Development Survey that included questions to assess youth participation in and perceptions of gambling.  The key findings specific to underage gambling are found below.

39% of NYS youth age 12-17 have gambled in the past year.

Most Common Gambling Activities Among NYS Youth:

  • Played lottery, lotto or scratch offs (26.3%)
  • Bet money on raffles or charity games (18.4%)
  • Bet money on sports (17.5%)

Age of First Use: 30% of kids who gamble say they started at age 10 or younger. The following stats are from the same survey and can be used for comparison:

  • 13.9% first use of alcohol at age 10 or younger
  • 13.8% first cigarette at age 10 or younger
  • 12.6% first pain reliever at age 10 or younger
  • 12.5% first use of marijuana at age 10 or younger

Youth Perceptions of Adult Perspectives: Only 85% of students say their parents feel it’s wrong for them to gamble.  The following stats are from the same survey and can be used for comparison:

  • 97.7% say their parents feel it’s wrong for them to smoke tobacco
  • 97.2% say their parents feel it’s wrong for them to use a prescription drug not prescribed to you
  • 96.4% say their parents feel it’s wrong for them to steal something
  • 95.3% say their parents feel it’s wrong for them to 1-2 drinks daily
  • 94% say their parents feel it’s wrong for them to smoke marijuana
  • 89.6% say their parents feel it’s wrong for them to pick a fight

Risk Factors for Underage Gambling:

  • Peer attitudes favorable to drug use
  • Friends use drugs
  • Early drug use
  • Antisocial family

Protective Factors for Underage Gambling:

  • School opportunities
  • Family attachment
  • Family rewards
  • Family opportunities
  • Social skills

Resource

Berg & Chapin Presentation at 2017 NYCPG Annual Conference

Citation

Youth Development Survey 2014-2015 Report. New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. 2015.

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