Does Sex Education Save Youth from Gambling?Published September 21, 2008 by OCR Editor
Can sexual education and better parenting skills lead to a drop in gambling trends for youths? Two writers seem to think so.
Baptist Standard newspaper unveiled an incensing article that while has some merit as far as statistics go and reports of studies, had some pretty strong opinions on youth gambling. One of them indicating that youths from age 14 to 21 must have started gambling because they may or may not have come from broken homes or were sexually active at an early age.
A compilation of studies were used as the basis of this article.
Broken homes and sex
"The Prevalence of Problem Gambling Among US Adolescents and Young Adults: Results From a National Survey," which was released in 2007, randomly surveyed youths from age 14 to 21.
It showed that 68% of those in this age bracket have gambled in some form in the past year. This could be from poker tournaments to a friendly bet on who would win the Super Bowl. 11% admitted to gambling at least twice a week.
While this may be alarming for sure, one writer at Gambling911 jumped upon this and stated that this percentage of youths are those "who are not parented properly and quite possibly those who roam the streets late at night selling drugs and playing loud music... the study does not ask how many are sexually active, which would determine the type of moral upbringing and therefore all but eliminate 'gambling' as a core issue."
How is that for cheekiness?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this makes this writer very angry. While concurring that youth gambling is fast becoming a problem that must be addressed, it is unfair to say that youths who already gamble must have had improper parenting and that their sexually decisions must mean they have little to no morals and therefore fell into gambling.
So what to do?
Further studies are being compiled and released as the year goes on.
However, until then - be sure to enroll your child into sex education right away, for this just may be the answer to ending future gambling problems before they start, and bonus (!) you'll be a good parent, right?