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Attitudes towards gambling and gambling reform in Australia

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Phillip Donaldson, Matthew Rockloff, Matthew Browne, C-M Sorenson, Erika Langham, En Li
The Attitudes Towards Gambling Scale (ATGS) is a 14-item survey instrument examining general attitudes towards gambling (Orford et al. in Int Gambl Stud 9(1):39–54,2009). The current study examined the validity of this scale in an Australian community sample of 1794 adults (52.8 % female). As well as considering measures of internal consistency and factor loadings, we examined the functional utility of the scale as a mediator of gambling activity, problem gambling status, and consequent opinions on national gambling-reform legislation. We found internal consistency and factor loadings ofthe ATGS within the Australian sample to be comparable with those observed in the original UK study. Additionally, ATGS scores were found to be a relatively robust predictorof attitudes towards gambling reform and harm minimisation. Further, the ATGS mediated the relationships between experiences with gambling and attitudes towards harm reduction. The findings suggest that the ATGS is a useful tool for examining general attitudes towards gambling within an Australian context.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

32

Issue

1

Start Page

243

End Page

259

Number of Pages

17

eISSN

1573-3602

ISSN

1050-5350

Location

USA

Publisher

Springer

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of gambling studies.

Exports

CQUniversity

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