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King Interviewed on Gambling Research

Associate Professor of Psychology Serena King was interviewed by MinnPost on the topic of gambling and its prevalence in the Lao community. The article, written by Ibrahim Hirsi, mentions how gambling is extremely common and plays a big part in Lao community events and activities. Gambling is a way to socialize, escape, and make easy money--sometimes. King is spearheading a project, created by Executive Director of the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota Sunny Chanthanouvong, which aims to raise awareness of excessive gambling and the toll it takes on these communities. This project led to research being conducted that examines gambling addiction and ways to help those affected.

"There have been some studies with the state of Minnesota that have led to community listening sessions,” King says on MinnPost. “The sessions suggest that there are a lot of people engaged in high-risk gambling behaviors."

Their hope is to help the community understand that gambling, like many things, can have negative repercussions if done excessively. Read the full article on MinnPost.