Problem gambling among international and domestic university students in Australia : who is at risk?

Moore, Susan M., Thomas, Anna C., Kale, Sudhir, Spence, Mark, Zlatevska, Natalina, Staiger, Petra K., Graffam, Joseph and Kyrios, Michael 2013, Problem gambling among international and domestic university students in Australia : who is at risk?, Journal of gambling studies, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 217-230.

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Title Problem gambling among international and domestic university students in Australia : who is at risk?
Author(s) Moore, Susan M.
Thomas, Anna C.
Kale, Sudhir
Spence, Mark
Zlatevska, Natalina
Staiger, Petra K.
Graffam, Joseph
Kyrios, Michael
Journal name Journal of gambling studies
Volume number 29
Issue number 2
Start page 217
End page 230
Total pages 14
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 1050-5350
1573-3602
Keyword(s) university (college) students
international students
stressors
negative affect
Summary Young people are a high risk group for gambling problems and university (college) students fall into that category. Given the high accessibility of gambling in Australia and its association with entertainment, students from overseas countries, particularly those where gambling is restricted or illegal, may be particularly vulnerable. This study examines problem gambling and its correlates among international and domestic university students using a sample of 836 domestic students (286 males; 546 females); and 764 international students (369 males; 396 females) at three Australian universities. Our findings indicate that although most students gamble infrequently, around 5 % of students are problem gamblers, a proportion higher than that in the general adult population. Popular gambling choices include games known to be associated with risk (cards, horse races, sports betting, casino games, and gaming machines) as well as lotto/scratch tickets. Males are more likely to be problem gamblers than females, and almost 10 % of male international students could be classified as problem gamblers. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that male gender, international student status, financial stress, negative affect and frequency of gambling on sports, horses/dogs, table games, casino gaming machines, internet casino games and bingo all significantly predicted problem gambling. Results from this study could inform gambling-education programs in universities as they indicate which groups are more vulnerable and specify which games pose more risk of problem gambling.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052566

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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