The New Zealand gaming and betting survey : Chinese and Indian people's experience

Tse, Samson, Rossen, Fiona and Hoque, Ekramul 2012, The New Zealand gaming and betting survey : Chinese and Indian people's experience, International journal of migration, health and social care, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 98-106.


Title The New Zealand gaming and betting survey : Chinese and Indian people's experience
Author(s) Tse, Samson
Rossen, Fiona
Hoque, Ekramul
Journal name International journal of migration, health and social care
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 98
End page 106
Publisher Pier Professional
Place of publication Bingley, England.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1747-9894
2042-8650
Keyword(s) betting
ethnic health
ethnic minorities
harm-minimization
New Zealand
personal health
responsible gambling
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse attitudes, understanding of gambling and gambling related harm among Asians in New Zealand using secondary data from the New Zealand 2006/07 Gaming and Betting Attitudes Survey (GBAS).

Design/methodology/approach – This survey interviewed 1,973 nationwide randomly selected youths and adults (=18 years) using structured questionnaire. Chinese (N=113) and Indian (N=122) data were analysed separately to compare between them and with NZ Europeans (N=792). Descriptive analysis was carried out and was subsequently tested for significant correlations by weighted (p<0.01) and un-weighted (p<0.05) variables.

Findings – A higher proportion of Chinese males (66.8 percent) represented in the survey compared to Indian (43.0 percent) and NZ European (48.9 percent) where Chinese consisted of more youthful age structure. Chinese respondents were more likely to be in the lowest income bracket (NZ$10,000) compared to others. Among the ten gambling activities “casino table gambling” and “casino electronic machines” (slot-style machine) were most popular among the Chinese where Indians preferred “gambling/casino evening”. A significant proportion of Chinese were unwilling to refer family or friends to gambling help services despite believing that gambling does more harm than good. Pre-committed gambling sum was the most common harm minimising strategy suggested by participants. They believed education and consultation could deter youths from harmful gambling.

Research limitations/implications – This survey highlighted gambling behaviours and thoughts of the ethnic minority population in New Zealand. Study outcomes would be valuable in formulating ethnic specific preventative programme and may have policy implication.

Originality/value – There has been limited research on gambling behaviour of ethnic minorities in New Zealand. This paper fills some of the gaps.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047318

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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