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Understanding the school culture: Guidelines for conducting gambling research in secondary schools

Jennifer L. McPhee, Robert S. Canham

Abstract


This article provides an overview of the importance of youth gambling research, the methodological issues faced when conducting research in secondary schools, and recommendations for conducting effective youth gambling research that benefits academia, the community, staff, students and parents within the school systems. Based on our recent experience, we advocate a research approach that integrates the findings of youth gambling research into school curriculum, community youth agencies and the development, evaluation and enhancement of program and policy interventions. By doing so, we find that we are able to foster strong, respectful relationships with the community and encourage collaboration, co-operation and multidisciplinary alliances. If researchers follow these guidelines, they can ensure that youth gambling research goes beyond scholarly publishing and is transferred and applied within the community to reduce youth gambling problems.


Keywords


adolescent gambling; research methodology; school-based research; youth research

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2002.7.12

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