A study on problem and pathological gambling among university students in South Australia

Mubarak Rahamathulla, Peter Blanksby

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    Abstract

    This cross-sectional study aimed to explore the correlates of problem and pathological gambling among university students in South Australia. Convenience sampling method was used to select participants (n = 163; 55.2 per cent women, 44.8 per cent men; age range 17-57 years) from two faculties in a South Australian university. A questionnaire was designed to collect information related to participants' background characteristics and other gambling-related details. The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) was used to obtain data pertaining to gambling behaviour. Data were analysed using Chi-Square and Mann-Whitney U Tests and Exploratory Principal Component analysis. There was an estimated prevalence rate of 8.6 per cent for problem gamblers and 3.1 per cent for probable pathological gamblers among university students, leading to the argument that the overall prevalence rate of gambling within the university community could be high in comparison to a prevalence rate of 2 per cent among the general South Australian adult population. Participation rates in gambling activities observed in the study were considerably higher than in similar studies conducted outside Australia. The authors concluded that there is an urgent need for large-scale studies on gambling among university students in Australia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)471-482
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
    Volume35
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

    Keywords

    • Australian university students
    • gambling
    • pathological gambling
    • problem gambling

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