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Type: Journal article
Title: Attitudes toward gambling among adolescents
Author: Hanss, D.
Mentzoni, R.
Delfabbro, P.
Myrseth, H.
Pallesen, S.
Citation: International Gambling Studies, 2014; 14(3):505-519
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1445-9795
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Daniel Hanss, Rune A. Mentzoni, Paul Delfabbro, Helga Myrseth and Ståle Pallesen
Abstract: It is well documented that attitudes toward gambling are a good predictor of problem gambling during adolescence. However, so far, little is known about what factors are associated with adolescents’ gambling attitudes. This study used cross-sectional data (N ¼ 2055, response rate 70.4%) from a representative sample of 17-year-olds in Norway to investigate the relationship between demographic, personality, motivational and social variables and gambling attitudes. Overall, adolescents’ attitudes toward gambling were slightly negative. A multivariate analysis revealed that more favourable attitudes toward gambling were most strongly associated with family/peer approval of gambling. In addition, significant associations were found for gender (males more favourable); Sensation Seeking (positive association); Agreeableness (negative association); and family/peer gambling history (positive association for lifetime gambling, negative association for problematic gambling). Although a variety of individual-level and social factors are associated with more favourable attitudes toward gambling, it appears that family and peer approval of gambling are most important.
Keywords: Attitude; personality; prevention; peer effects; family
Rights: © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.1080/14459795.2014.969754
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