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Demographic, behavioural and normative risk factors for gambling problems amongst sports bettors

journal contribution
posted on 20.12.2017, 00:00 by Nerilee Hing, Alexander Russell, P Vitartas, M Lamont
Sports betting is growing exponentially, is heavily marketed and successfully targets young adult males. Associated gambling problems are increasing. Therefore, understanding risk factors for problem gambling amongst sports bettors is an increasingly important area of research to inform the appropriate design and targeting of public health and treatment interventions. This study aimed to identify demographic, behavioural and normative risk factors for gambling problems amongst sports bettors. An online survey of 639 Australian sports bettors using online, telephone and retail betting channels was conducted. Results indicated that vulnerable sports bettors for higher risk gambling are those who are young, male, single, educated, and employed full-time or a full-time student. Risk of problem gambling was also found to increase with greater frequency and expenditure on sports betting, greater diversity of gambling involvement, and with more impulsive responses to betting opportunities, including in-play live action betting. Normative influences from media advertising and from significant others were also associated with greater problem gambling risk. The results of this study can inform a suite of intervention, protection and treatment initiatives targeted especially at young male adults and adolescents that can help to limit the harm from this gambling form. © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

32

Issue

2

Start Page

625

End Page

641

Number of Pages

17

eISSN

1573-3602

ISSN

1050-5350

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

Additional Rights

This content is freely available online to anyone, anywhere at any time.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Southern Cross University; Latrobe University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Gambling Studies

Exports

CQUniversity

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