Risk Factors for Gambling Problems: An Analysis by Gender.

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Hing, N, Russell, A, Tolchard, B and Nower, L (2015). Risk Factors for Gambling Problems: An Analysis by Gender. Journal of Gambling Studies. 32 (2), pp. 511-534.
AuthorsHing, N, Russell, A, Tolchard, B and Nower, L
Abstract

Differences in problem gambling rates between males and females suggest that associated risk factors vary by gender. Previous combined analyses of male and female gambling may have obscured these distinctions. This study aimed to develop separate risk factor models for gambling problems for males and for females, and identify gender-based similarities and differences. It analysed data from the largest prevalence study in Victoria Australia (N = 15,000). Analyses determined factors differentiating non-problem from at-risk gamblers separately for women and men, then compared genders using interaction terms. Separate multivariate analyses determined significant results when controlling for all others. Variables included demographics, gambling behaviour, gambling motivations, money management, and mental and physical health. Significant predictors of at-risk status amongst female gamblers included: 18-24 years old, not speaking English at home, living in a group household, unemployed or not in the workforce, gambling on private betting, electronic gaming machines (EGMs), scratch tickets or bingo, and gambling for reasons other than social reasons, to win money or for general entertainment. For males, risk factors included: 18-24 years old, not speaking English at home, low education, living in a group household, unemployed or not in the workforce, gambling on EGMs, table games, races, sports or lotteries, and gambling for reasons other than social reasons, to win money or for general entertainment. High risk groups requiring appropriate interventions comprise young adults, especially males; middle-aged female EGM gamblers; non-English speaking populations; frequent EGM, table games, race and sports gamblers; and gamblers motivated by escape.

KeywordsFemale; Gender; Male; Pathological gambling; Prevalence study; Problem gambling; Risk factors; 1506 Tourism; 1701 Psychology; 1608 Sociology; Substance Abuse
Year2015
JournalJournal of Gambling Studies
Journal citation32 (2), pp. 511-534
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN1573-3602
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s10899-015-9548-8
Publication dates
Print07 May 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Jun 2018
Accepted07 May 2015
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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