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dc.contributor.author Williams, Robert J.
dc.contributor.author Connolly, Dennis
dc.contributor.author Wood, Robert T.
dc.contributor.author Nowatzki, Nadine
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-18T21:10:03Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-18T21:10:03Z
dc.date.issued 2006-04
dc.identifier.citation Williams, R. J., Connolly, D., Wood, R.T., & Nowatzki, N. (2006). Gambling and problem gambling in a sample of university students. Journal of Gambling Issues, 16. en
dc.identifier.issn 1494-5185
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/377
dc.description.abstract University students from southern Alberta (n = 585) were administered a questionnaire to assess their gambling behaviour. Seventy-two percent reported gambling in the past 6 months, with the most common types being lotteries and instant win tickets (44%) and games of skill against other people (34%). Most students who gambled spent very little time and money doing so (median time spent = 1.5 hrs; median amount of money spent = $0). While gambling is an innocuous activity for most, a significant minority of students are heavy gamblers who experience adverse consequences from it. Seven and one-half percent of students were classified as problem or pathological gamblers, a rate significantly higher than in the general Alberta adult population. The characteristics that best differentiated problem gamblers from non-problem gamblers were more positive attitudes toward gambling, ethnicity (41% of Asian gamblers were problem gamblers), university major (kinesiology, education, management), superior ability to calculate gambling odds, and older age. en
dc.description.sponsorship Alberta Gaming Research Institute en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Centre for Addiction and Mental Health en
dc.subject Gambling en
dc.subject Problem Gambling en
dc.subject University Students en
dc.title Gambling and problem gambling in a sample of university students en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty School of Health Sciences en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en
dc.publisher.department Mathematics and Computer Science en
dc.publisher.department Sociology en
dc.description.peer-review Yes en
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en

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