A study of differences in Canadian university students' gambling and proximity to a casino

Authors

  • Gerald R. Adams University of Guelph E-mail: <email xlink:href="mailto:gadams@uoguelph.ca">gadams@uoguelph.ca</email>
  • Anne-Marie Sullivan Memorial University
  • Keith D. Horton Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Rosanne Menna University of Windsor
  • Ann Marie Guilmette Brock University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2007.19.1

Keywords:

university student gambling, problem gambling, gender and gambling, proximity of casino to university and gambling behavior

Abstract

Gambling behavior and problem gambling of college students were investigated in universities far from and close to a large casino. A survey of 17 gambling activities was given and the South Oaks Gambling Screen was completed by 1579 students. Approximately half of the students were enrolled in universities near a casino and the other half far from a major casino. Gender and proximity differences were hypothesized and observed. Males engaged in more gambling activities than females. Students close to a casino manifested more serious problem gambling than students far from a casino. Gender by proximity interactions are reported. This investigation supports the idea that context and proximity to gaming venues may have exposure or accessibility effects on university students' gambling behavior.

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2007-01-01

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