I. Adolescent problem gambling: Developing a gambling expectancy instrument

Authors

  • Meredith A. M. Gillespie
  • Jeffrey Derevensky
  • Rina Gupta International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. E-mail: <email xlink:href="mailto:merdith.gillespie@mail.mcgill.ca">merdith.gillespie@mail.mcgill.ca</email>

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2007.19.3

Keywords:

youth gambling, outcome expectancy, perceived benefits and risks

Abstract

Positive and negative outcome expectancies have been found to play a significant role in adolescents' decisions to engage in drug and alcohol use. In light of the parallel risk and protective factors among high-risk behaviors, youth gambling outcome expectancies were explored through the development of the 23-item Gambling Expectancy Questionnaire (GEQ) using a sample of 1,013 students aged 12 to 18. The resulting GEQ consists of three positive expectancy scales (enjoyment/arousal, self-enhancement, money) and two negative expectancy scales (overinvolvement, emotional impact). The potential utility of this scale is discussed.

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2007-01-01

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