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Title: Prevention of problem gambling in Chinese adolescents : relevance of problem gambling assessment and positive youth development frameworks
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Lee, JJ
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Source: International journal of adolescent medicine and health, Mar. 2010, v. 22, no. 1, p. 139-151
Abstract: Although research findings show that adolescent gambling behavior is a growing problem, there are not many theory-driven prevention programs in the Chinese context. In this paper, two approaches of developing Chinese adolescent prevention program are described. In the first approach, it is argued that related programs should be developed with reference to the risk factors of problem gambling based on problem gambling assessment tools and frameworks. The modified Chinese G-MAP is used as an example to illustrate this approach. In the second approach, it is argued that programs incorporating positive youth development constructs would help adolescents develop positive qualities which would prevent them from developing problem gambling. The Project P.A.T.H.S. is given as an example. The issues related to the application of positive youth development constructs to adolescent problem gambling prevention are discussed.
Keywords: Gambling problems
Positive youth development
Intervention programs
Publisher: Freund Publishing House Ltd.
Journal: International journal of adolescent medicine and health 
ISSN: 0334-0139
EISSN: 2191-0278
Rights: © 2010 Freund Publishing House Ltd. The journal web site is located at
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