This study assessed problem gambling and its relation to both life history and criminal history. The goal of this study was to obtain more information about life choices from participants than could be ascertained from survey data. The logic and reasons for participants’ actions was of special interest. Fourteen individuals in recovery were recruited and interviewed. These interviews were structured but allowed for an in-depth explanation of responses. The findings were analyzed for similarities and differences in responses. Results indicated that problem gamblers are at increased risk for engaging in criminal activity. Also, participants indicated similar feelings and thinking while gambling. Furthermore correlations were noticed in responses about depressive/suicidal thinking. Other aspects such as family history did not yield substantial correlations. These findings validate previous research and show the importance of continuing research on the life histories of problem gamblers.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2013


Scott A. Hunt

Mentor Department Affiliation

Justice Studies

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Justice Studies

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