This research was undertaken by the Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre, a joint initiative of the Victorian Government, University of Melbourne and Monash University.

The study provides a reasoned analysis of the contribution of risk exposures towards the development of problem gambling in individuals raised in problem gambling families and provides guidelines for use in strategies targeted at children at risk of developing problem gambling.

This research project involved four separate studies being a:

  • a large scale national community telephone survey
  • a survey of adolescents aged 12 to 18 years from secondary schools
  • a survey of young adults from tertiary institutions
  • a survey of individuals seeking problem gambling counselling

The research focused on identifying risk (and protective) factors in the development of gambling problems in children with a family member who is a problem gambler.