A Twin Study of Adult Gambling Behavior Article

Winters, KC, Rich, T. (1998). A Twin Study of Adult Gambling Behavior . 14(3), 213-225. 10.1023/A:1022084924589

cited authors

  • Winters, KC; Rich, T

fiu authors

abstract

  • A twin study explored the possible genetic influences on gambling behavior. Male monozygotic (MZ) twins (n = 42) revealed significantly greater similarity on gambling frequency associated with "high-action" games than male dizygotic (DZ) twins (n = 50). The heritability estimates for involvement in these types of games among males were moderate and significant. All MZ versus DZ comparisons among males for "low-action" games were nonsignificant, as were MZ versus DZ comparisons among females (n = 63) for both types of games. The findings suggest that genetic influences may be important in the origins of certain types of gambling by men.

publication date

  • January 1, 1998

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 213

end page

  • 225

volume

  • 14

issue

  • 3